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French Hip Hop Culture Week - Rap

Monday 26 April 2021

We are delighted to bring French Hip Hop Culture to Scotland with a series of interviews by journalist Olivier Cachin with our five guest participants: Akhénaton, Ceet, DJ Mouss, Eklips and Fabrice Fiossonangaye. We would like to extend our thanks to our guests for their participation!

Every day during the week 26-30 April 2021, we will release an interview with one of the guests on their specific Hip Hop style. Be ready to discover the five main branches of Hip Hop: Rap, DJing, Graffiti, Breakdance and Beatbox.

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DAY 1: Virtual interview with journalist Olivier Cachin and RAP artist Akhénaton

Interview in French (with English subtitles)

© Photo Nicolas Guérin

About Akhénaton:

Philippe Fragione, better known by his stage name Akhenaton (born in 1968 in Marseille, France), is a French rapper and hip hop producer of Italian origin. He has also worked under the aliases Chill, AKH, Sentenza, and Spectre. He is well-known as a member of the group IAM and made several records both with IAM and as a solo artist. Akhenaton has worked as a producer, producing songs for several French rappers and groups such as Passi, Stomy Bugsy, Fonky Family, Freeman, La Brigade, Le 3ème Œil, etc. He is the creator of the record label Côté Obscur, the publishing house La Cosca, and the vinyl record label 361. L’Ecole du Micro d’Argent produced by IAM in 1997 is considered as one of the greatest masterpieces of French rap and has sold more than 1.6 million copies (mainly physical sales) making this album the best-selling in French rap history.

Find the discography of Akhénaton here.

Some of these books will be available soon at the library of the Institut français d’Ecosse

About Olivier Cachin:

Olivier Cachin is a journalist, writer, TV/Radio presenter and lecturer famous for being one of the first journalists who has ever put light on French Hip Hop culture. He founded L’Affiche magazine and the television show Rapline, the first TV show dedicated to French rap music in the 90’s, and was editor in chief of hip hop magazine Radikal. He is the author of publications such as L’Offensive Rap, 100 Albums Essentiels Du Reggae, or Pop Life (the biography of Michael Jackson), or NTM biography. Every Saturday, he was on air with the radio station Mouv’ with his show La Sélection Rap. He interviewed artists such as Prince, James Brown, Chuck-D, David Bowie, Eminem, Dr Dre, Janet Jackson, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee.

Book available soon
at the library of the Institut français d’Ecosse

Institut Français Écosse 2022