Sister Fa: Raising Germany’s Hip-Hop Scene on the Global Scale

By on June 7, 2013

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Berlin is a burgeoning metropolis that showcases a mix of historical beauty and modern marvels. With a population of over 3.3 million, it is astonishing that this city effortlessly caters to the different whims of its citizens. From hundreds of museums and countless other entertainment hubs, even tourists are magnetized by the vibrant soul this capital exudes.

From the Bröhan Museum that exhibits Art Nouveau pieces, to numerous bars like Bang Bang and Club der Visionäre; Berlin boasts of culture and leisure that lights up the city’s night. One place where people can also have a great time would be in the poker room of Casino Berlin Alexanderplatz. This renowned gaming place offers rounds of blackjack and poker, much like what you see in online sites such as PartyPoker, to satisfy the increasing demand for these games. The latter mentioned activity is known to develop one’s critical thinking. Since numbers are involved, players can exercise their calculating skills. Ingenuity in terms of strategies is highly-beneficial too, that is why the most creative of players often receives the biggest payoffs. As participants delve further into poker, playing thereby undergoes one to experience initially winning through trial and error. Through time, amateurs learn the tricks of the trade and become professionals who develop their own signature techniques. A game that has a set of rules to be strictly followed, one’s discipline is greatly practiced. With participants having the opportunity to mingle with others especially in tournaments, these card game enthusiasts are able to widen their social circles. Risks are factors that are always inevitable when it comes to poker, which leads to players mustering up more courage to face the impending challenges.

This certain bravery definitely rubs off not only on poker players, but also on Berlin’s musical performers as well. One musician who is currently creating waves due to her different brand of sound would be Sister Fa. A female hip hop artist that originally hails from West Africa, she has been churning out songs that express her sentiments. To date, her major advocacies would be the fight against AIDS and her protest against female genital mutilation that is still practiced in most parts of Africa.

Starting her career back in 2000, Sister Fa initially performed in several festivals across Senegal. Her ability to weave poetry into rap became the reason on why she has already garnered respect and nominations from award-giving bodies even before heading off to Germany. In an unexpected turn of events, she fell in-love with an Austrian filmmaker that resulted in the fateful migration of the couple to Berlin in 2006.

With the capital offering a wider and more open-minded audience for her music, Sister Fa was able to perform at major events such as the Backstage at Munich and the Ethno-Film Festival. Despite living on the other side of the world, she made a conscious effort to come back to Senegal for a tour dedicated to educating fellow Africans to stop genital mutilation in females. Her bravery was thus rewarded with the major prize from the Freedom To Create organization.

Sister Fa is one artist that should be emulated. Her courage to defy race, gender, and oppression through music definitely has raised the German Hip-hop scene on the global scale.