Tiken Jah Fakoly

An idol for millions of Africans who feel disenfranchised and repressed, Tiken Jah Fakoly has tirelessly denounced political corruption in his home country, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). The song “Quitte le Pouvoir” (“Leave the Power”) co-recorded with his close friend, Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi, has become an African anthem against political corruption. He has been threatened and banned but has never compromised.

Following a political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire during which a number of close friends (among them the actor Camara H) were brutally killed, Tiken Jah Fakoly went into exile in Mali and was granted political asylum in 2003. Joining the young democratic movement in Senegal in December 2007, Tiken was declared “persona non grata” in Senegal after criticizing Senegal’s president and calling for democracy.

In his songs, Tiken Jah Fakoly even tackles pan-African taboo subjects such as female genital mutilation and corrupt marabouts (religious leaders).

Born in 1968 into a family of griots in north-western Côte d’Ivoire, Tiken discovered reggae at an early age, assembling his first group, Djelys, in 1987.

In 2008, he received the Freemuse Award.

TIKEN JAH FAKOLY feat. Didier Awadi
Quitte Le Pouvoir 04:22
Music by: Tiken Jah Fakoly
Lyrics by: Didier Awadi and Tiken Jah Fakoly
Published by: Sony Atv Publishing
Licensed from: Universal Music AS