with Idil Samatar, Li-Yan Verhagen and Muzzar Kresna
We are a diverse group of 4 AS students who have been studying Fulani artists in Europe. Our focus was on musicians, with the exception of Twitter and Tiktok, where we also included American painters and Fulani tiktok promoters The topic evolved as we went along. Our research consisted of qualitative and quantitative methods. Qualitative methods included an interview with Yero Gaynaako, a Mauritanian rapper and activist who is himself Fulani, currently living in the Netherlands. In our research, we divided the social media Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and TikTok among us and applied mostly manual techniques (close reading, etc.) to get an overview of artist pages and Fulani activities. In the case of Twitter, we also applied the quantitative API method to obtain a meaningful dataset on Fulani topics (not artists alone). We present the results of our multilayered work in a extensive blog and an accompanying two-part podcast (Jam Waali!). It’s been a lot of work, but we hope to give you a good time and a little joy with the blog and podcast episodes!
Enjoy Podcast Episode 1 (Identity), even if the first 7 minutes (I promise: only those!) are in miserable audio quality.
Enjoy Podcast Episode 2 (Social Media):