Last March, on the occasion of the Celebrations of the Francophonie, Québec hip hop artist Webster visited many schools, colleges and universities in Boston and New Hampshire to promote the French language, music and poetry.
Webster was born and raised in Limoilou, a Québec City neighborhood. Born from a Senegalese father and a Québecer mother, Webster has always been proud of his roots. Webster is socially engaged: often presenting conferences on the influence of hip hip on young people and on Québec inter-culturalism.
During his workshops, Webster uses hip hop as a way to make young (and not so young) people discover the art of writing in French by using rhymes, alliterations and figures of speech.
More than simply teaching the basics of poetry, Webster gives the chance to the participants to practice their writing and then to present their text to the group.
Webster's writing workshop is a unique opportunity to understand how to build a French hip hop text. Due to its popularity among teenagers and young adults, hip hop is the perfect medium to initiate them to the manipulation of words and images.
Webster led workshops at Harvard, Belmont High School, Plymouth State University, International School of Boston, and Boston Latin School
Webster gave a workshop and performed a concert to the teachers members of the American Association of Teachers of French-New Hampshire.
Finally, on March 15, Webster led a workshop and performed a concert at Voyage en Francophonie, in Lexington, MA.
Voyage en Francophonie is an annual event gathering hundreds of participants who visit the stands of francophone countries, taste their culinary specialities, discover their literature and enjoy the performances of artists from the four corners of the French-speaking world.
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