Man shoots at rappers over "cranky old man" lyrics

Mon Dec 15, 2008 6:28am EST
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DAKAR (Reuters) - A 70-year-old man opened fire with his hunting rifle on a rap group at a concert in northeast Senegal at the weekend because he felt their song lyrics were insulting him, police and local media said on Monday.

Five young people were wounded in the shooting incident at Lobali village in the Matam region on Senegal's border with Mauritania, some 700 km (440 miles) from the capital Dakar.

The man told the rappers to stop when they started singing about a "cranky old man," and when they did not, he opened fire with his rifle, a local police officer said.

"The elderly gentleman felt that these young people were insulting him in their songs," the officer added, saying the man was arrested.

Rap songs, whose lyrics often criticize political leaders, aspects of daily life or social behavior, have become increasingly popular in recent years in mostly Muslim Senegal.

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(Reporting by Diadie Ba; Writing by Pascal Fletcher; Editing by Charles Dick)