Boobah Siddik Presents: Dead Goats – Chronicles of A Jindoh

Apr 28


Dead Goats: Chronicles Of A Jindo

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You have requested it, you have waited for it, and you won't be dissappointed. As the second member of the legendary African Hip Hop crew Shadow Zu to release a solo album, Boobah Siddik has taken almost a year to craft what will go down as a classic in the archives of African Hip Hop. The album is titled "Dead Goats: Chronicles of A Jindoh", a pretty peculiar name for an album but not that peculiar if you are familiar with the work of the "Elegant Gentleman African Accent Evident Je Ne Sais Quoi Element". Behind the cryptic title stands a sound logic and thematic. Dead Goats is diminutive for the Ivorian proverb "Dead Goats Don't Fear Knives", which in English could roughly be translated to "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Roughly because the meaning goes deeper in implying that in the face of certain doom, the great fear caused by the impending deadly? danger becomes a source of strength and courage for the victim to escape the deadly situation. It is a call to the basic survival instinct of a man and in the context of the life of Boobah it is a lesson that he learned from his experience living in America as an immigrant for close to a decade.?
These immigrants experiences mixed with world politics events and the trials and tribulations of "lifing" (living life) as a Muslim Black African constitute the central thematic of this album. When he came to America, Siddik was like the many other young Africans who saw America as a land of milk and honey where nothing could possibly be wrong. Slowly but surely, he awoke to the realities of life in America, its ups, its downs, its injustices, its pains, its joys, its opportunities and the process helped him build or better yet rebuild an identity that had been damaged and confused by years of "self ignorance" and pervasive mental colonialism. The issues of race and religion, which were dormant in his native Ivory Coast, revealed themselves in foreign land. The result was that Siddik gained a deeper understanding of himself as an African, as a Black man and finally as a Muslim.
This is where the second part of the album title comes from: "Chronicles of a Jindo". As a term, Jindo was created by his fellow Shadow Zu member Sandstorm Ja on the 2004 album "Hipolitics";

as a concept Jindo came about as Siddik reflected on a term to identify himself and the people that gravitated around him. In the soft porn, debilitating, and disingenuously potent trend that rap music has found itself today, Black youth has found little to identify itself if not for the "thug", "gangsta", "bitch" and "ho" concepts. Notwithstanding the actual Black demographics, this is but a vicious and gross misrepresentation of the diversity of Blackness today which sadly, is self imposed and perpetuated by powers who have again assumed control of the vulgarisation of another form of Black expression.

"If words have the power to define how we see ourselves and how others see us, then nobody but me is better suited to tell me how i should call myself" says Boobah Siddik when asked about the meaning of Jindo. He continues "I am a Jindo, i see myself as a Jindo, i am not a thug, not a pimp, not a gangsta, not one of those stereotypical representation of the Black man that you see out there everyday. i am just a black man with responsabilities that i won't run from, with dreams, with vision, you know, but what's important overall is that i think that i am comfortable with who i am. I won't lower my head for nobody but God! That's what a Jindo is, a man of his word, a man of integrity, a black man that lives with a sense of honor and dignity! ".? Indeed, the Jindo as a concept is the antithesis to the manufactured image of the coonish gangsta of today. He is the one you see at the bus stop at six in the morning waiting for his transportation to work. The one you see taking his family to the park, playing and talking with them , the one that will respect and defend his woman instead of demeaning her with pride while the rest of the world is watching. The Jindo is not an ideal, he is around you. He might be your husband, your uncle, your cousin, your co worker, or just that guy that always makes you smile when you see him because he just carries those good vibes with him.?
And so it goes for 19 tracks on this album, as Boobah Siddik in the original style of his brings classic after classic on production by African Hip Hop's most talented producers such as Sierra Leonian Olatunji Mason, algerian Dr Yswaad, Jamaican Lone Star and the mysterious Fifs Ribans. Dead Goats – Chronicles of A Jindo is one of these albums that already by its name demands attention, and once it got yours it will be hard for you to let go. It's the work of an artist who thinks different and that difference shines through the music. It's an album to listen, absorb and share because Boobah Siddik is able to share with you a collective thought. He rhymed in 2004 that if you "catch a collective thought, and then distribute it/ they will accept it 'cause they can't refute it", well in 2007 he caught that collective thought, and it comes 19 tracks deep.



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