Bio

 

Sister Fa was born 1982 in Dakar, Senegal.

Sister Fa takes her first steps in rap music in 2000. Recording her first demo-tape, she gets to know the Senegalese rap community and participates in first festivals. One year later at the age of nineteen she is invited for the first time to perform at the Senegalese HipHop Awards where the best Hip-Hop singers are decorated. At the beginning of 2002 the French producer Philipp Mogan makes a film-documentary on Sister Fa, in which she is introducing to the Senegalese rap scene. She is invited to participate in a music-compilation called Art City with French and Senegalese rappers that is produced with the help of ENDA Tiers Monde. In the same year she represents the Senegal at the Festival de rap feminine international in Guinea Conakry.

First album and an award

In August 2005, her long awaited first solo-album was finally released in Senegal which she had produced herself with great love and enthusiasm. The same year in December at the fifth Senegalese HipHop Awards her dedicated hard work paid off and Sister Fa was nominated Best New comer of the Year.

Sister Fa uses her growing popularity and her music to progress her engagement and to create conscious  in social and political themes – focussing on women’s situation in Senegal.

the Senegalese market.

Move to Berlin

In march 2006, Sister Fa moves to Berlin, Germany,. In Berlin, she continues her social and political engagement. She participated at a compilation of the bpb (Bundes zentrale für politis cheBildung) on the subject “Pop and Islam” which was released under the title Many Lessons with the label Piranha.

She switch with between rap, African melodies and pure soul.

New album

As a height of her musical career, Sister Fa released her international debut album Sarabah – Tales from the Flipside of Paradise together with the label Piranha and the help of Initiative Musik in May 2009 (e.g. Germany, France, GB, China, USA), with which she made it up to place 29 at World Music Charts Europe 2009.

With big success Sister Fa& Band are playing concerts in renowned clubs and festivals such as :Moods-Club (Zurich, CH), Kulturbrauerei and the Carneval of Cultures (Berlin, DE), Jazz club A-Trane, Afrika-Festival (Osnabrück, DE), Odyssee – Kulturen der  Welt-Festival (DE), Cross Culture Festival in Warsaw (biggest World music festival in Poland), Popdeurope Festival (Berlin), at Damon Albarn’sAfrica Express in Paris (FR), KasumamaAfrika Festival near Vienna (A),Karlstorfbahnhof(Heidelberg, DE), at theWeltnachtfestival(Bielefeld, DE), World Fusion Music Festival (Sosnowiec, Poland), at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (Newfoundland, Canada) and the Africaday (Den Haag, Netherlands) and the 11thAfrican Music Festival (London, GB).

In October 2009 she went to perform in New York. Together with artists such as Harry Belafonte, John McLaughlin and AngéliqueKidjo, she was invited as an artist and as a peace ambassador to the UN Day Concert themed A tribute to peacekeeping.

In June 2010 Sister Fa had the honour together with Stars like Katja Riemann, Roger Moore, Mario Adorf and Karl Lagerfeld to use her voice at the UNICEF GalaAn Evening for Africa in Offenburg, Germany for the African continent.

In March 2011 Sister Fa was nominated for the A Matter of ACTHuman Rights Award at the Movies That Matter Festival in Den Haag, Netherlands as well as the movie “Sarabah” about her. The movie won the Documentary Award.

 

In October 2013 Sister Fa was invited at The Power 1000, London’s most influential people party. Where she delivered a speech and met London’s mayor Boris Johnson. Sister Fa is also a frequent guest on TV channels like CNN, BBC or Deutsche Welle. A documentation about her work with TV5 a Frensch TV chanelFemme Francophone engagees

Project

With all her heart, Sister Fa stands up for the fight against female genital cutting. The wish to sensitize the population of her home country was the origin of her Education sans Excision (Education without Cutting) project. Since 2008 she tours every year very successful with her band through Senegal. In cooperation with NGO’s like Tostan, Orchid Project and World Vision she achieved beside many other things, that the inhabitants of her home village ThionckEssyl now officially abandoned this practice of cutting the young girls.

Freedom Prize

For her tireless work to better the situation of the woman and girls in her homeland Senegal, Freedom To Create awarded Sister Fa in November 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa with the main prize. 2011Golden Butterfly from Matter of act  with Amnesty , 2012 Price Adler Entrepreneurship Award in Koln ,

The thirt international confrencefürfinancing  fordeveloppement in Adisababa  AU

Assobul 2014 in Berlin

2007 first tour in Africa to raiseawareness of violence againstwomenwith NGO Tostan. 08 regions of Senegalwillbeconcerned.

2009 in partnershipsister Fa finances itsSenegal tour for the protection of children

2010 in partnershipwith the Goethe Institute

 2012 in partnershipwith the NGO Orchidproject of whichsheisambassador of goodwill Sister Fa crowd the regions of Kolda Sedhiou, Ziguinchor and Mbour as part of the project Education without

2013 House of the Lord ZeroTolerance Day UK,

Girl summit 2014 @dfid.gov.uk, Global Issues Services Summit

mutulation.

In 2013 in collaboration with the organization World Vision it continues in the Kolda region. The villages of Coumbacara, Dabo, Dialambere, Salikegne, Kounkande, Nemataba, Pacour, Medina Cherif ect …. with the project Art for child protection.

Sister Fa willbepromoted Goodwill Ambassador of the NGO World Vision on Child Protection in 2016

2013, with the collaboration of UNFPA, a compilation entitled “Peace and Security” whichbroughttogether 40 international artists, the purpose of the compilation was to involveartists on the subject of child protection

2014 a tour in the Foutaregion, the villages of Moumba, Pete, Podor and Aere Lao where she was physically attacked under the order of the caliph

2014 at the time of the first ebolaepidemic in full swing Sister deroule a new tour against FGM / in Guinea in partner ship with Tostan Guinee and Orchid Project

2015 in partner ship with WV for a 3-year project in the Kolda regionis concluded

2015 sister Fa at United Nations with Julia founder of Orchid project

, Global Issues services summit 2015 in Mapotu

tosharehisapproach on the protection of girls.

2016 Sister Fa is a ambassadrice of the european union network to end FGM at the same time she creates a circle of reflection made up of more than 30 women of African nationality Assobul in Berlin to work with the African community and the diaspora for the eradication of the FGM.

In collaboration with women’s land Assobul engages communities like change agency

2016 2 years project in partnership with word vision in Senegal in the Kolda region

2016 in AddisAbaba with World Vision for the launch of a project between the African Union and African governments for the eradication of child marriage.

2017 Tournee in Senegal with World Vision, sister Fa receives her degree of participation in the project change plus

2018 sister Fa was at the Capitol and the United Nations where a film about her commitment was shown. The last phase of the art for child protection project with World Vision

Beginning of a new pilot project in the region of casamance in 4 villages in partnership with IAMANEH a Swiss NGO.

Atatal sister Fa has traveled to 34 countries to make her voice heard on the fight against FGM and child marriage

It has given workshops in about 89 schools and 445 classes, and has reached nearly 24,475 students between Senegal and Guinea Conakry. She has organized inter-governmental  forums, door-to-doorgames, football matches to involve athletes in the FGM struggles, she has organized meetings with the religious to givetheir position on the subject of excision, to create and train girls clubs and mixed clubs to engage them in the protection of  their little sisters

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