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Rapping for Democracy: Tell’ em you exist!

Young Moroccan rappers calling upon all youth to vote, and they nailed it! Watch the video and enjoy the English translation. Leave a comment. What do you think? TELL’ EM YOU EXIST! IT’S ALL IN YOUR HANDS, DO WHAT’S GOOD FOR YOURSELF AND YOU TOO (MAN), AND YOU TOO (WOMAN) COME ALONG! 5 YEARS HAVE PAST … Continue reading

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