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Puppa Lëk Sèn
Meet Puppa Lëk Sèn…. Irie Magazine’s 420 Anthem People’s Choice winner. Lëk Sèn grew up in Ngor, a fishing village close to Dakar, in Senegal. Haunted by singing from his early childhood, he expressed himself by rapping with the music band, ‘SSK’. Their style developed as they grew up and in February 2006, a collaboration with the Louxor Station musicians from Paris was formed. Their hard work was rewarded with the album release of ‘Jog Bala Nacc’ in Senegal in 2007 through a partnership with the association Video KIDAM (Paris) and Radio Nostalgie Dakar, as well as with their selection to participate to the finale of RFI 2007 Prix Découvertes.
Lëk Sèn relocated to Paris, where he worked on his own guitar compositions, in a more acoustic style
with afro-folk-blues sounds and tinted with his sound and touching voice.
His first album ‘Burn’ was released in October 2010 on the Makasound label. Written jointly with Lek Sèn, Yvo Abadi, Miguel Saboga and Adrien Behler, the album included some prestigious and inspiring musicians such as Julia Sarr (Lokua Kanza, Youssou N’dour, Femi Kuti…), Mehdi Haddad (Ekova, Speed Caravan), Jeff Kellner (Souad Massi, Tony Allen…), Boubacar Dembélé (Amadou et Mariam) & Kiddus I (Jamaican reggae legend from the 70’s).
Recognized and selected by France INTER, the album received very good reviews from the BBC to Mondomix, RFI and Vibrations, placing a spotlight on the young singer as an original and essential artist for the current productions.
In 2012 the young Senegalese continued his musical venture with a new album, ‘Tomorrow,’ which was released on January 28, 2013 on the Chapter Two/Wagram label.
On June 9, 2014, Puppa Lëk Sèn released ‘Jaam Dong’ (Only peace), a new album where he clearly defined his style and discourse. Often identified among those artists who can’t be categorized that we happy to class everywhere (African Blues, World, Reggae, Afrobeat, Rap, …), Lëk Sèn moves in his album towards the source of his inspirations, ‘Reggae’ music. His identity and inspirations remain intact and Lëk Sèn remains as active and a source of renewal as before. He is musically inspired by Burning Spear, Groundation and the legendary Joseph HILL, his lyrics advocate the discourse of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Emperor Hailé Sélassie Jah Rastafari for the African union and peace in the world.
For the album ‘Jaam Dong’ Lëk Sèn reunited with Vi-AVELINO (Guitar), Laurent PENA VIEIRA (Drums), Christophe LAXENAIRE (Keyboard), Ousmane KALIL KOUYATE (Kora), William HOUNTONDJI (Copper), Coco Roots (Sample, Guitar, Bass guitar) and invited LEXON (Vocals), Julia SARR (Chorus) and Méta DIA of Méta & the Cornerstones (Vocals) for featuring. A production by JAHSEN CREATION.
On January 29, 2015 Puppa Lëk Sèn released ‘Silmakha’ which means ‘the Blind’ in Wolof. This single, written by Puppa Lëk Sèn, pays tribute to the bravery of children of blind people in Africa. Their entire life is dedicated to their parents. They are their eyes, their guides, their arms…. The ambiance created contrasts naturally with the lyrics, like a hymn to encourage these children.
On February 5, 2016: Always on the reggae route, the 5th opus of Puppa Lëk Sèn ‘Sweet & Tuff’ was released! The album ‘Sweet & Tuff’ evokes the turbulences of life, sometimes harsh… sometimes soft. Human conditions in African make Puppa Lëk Sèn sing; his music is engaged and genuine. Like a missionary, he continues to transmit Rasta culture to new generations. This album includes two new features… the first with ILEMENTS, the Reggaeman from Sint Maarten, and the second with the legendary Cédric MYTON of the Congo.
When you hear Puppa Lëk Sèn’s songs, you feel the enjoyment he receives from making music. We hope that feeling will continue to spread worldwide!
Official Website: LëkSèn.com