Activist, Hip Hop artist, Author
Aly Ndiaye, alias Webster, was born and raised in Quebec City’s Limoilou neighborhood. From a Senegalese father and a Quebecois mother, he has always been proud of his origins and presents himself as a SénéQueb. His passion for history led him to study in this field at university. An activist, Webster is very involved socially. He regularly gives lectures on a multitude of subjects, including his favorite theme, the history of the presence of people of African descent as well as slavery in Quebec and Canada since the time of New France. He set up the Qc History X tours, a guided tour of Quebec City about this largely unknown part of history. He also curated the exhibition Fugitives! at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec from April to September 2019. Since 2009, he has traveled the world to present writing workshops where he teaches the creative use of French through rap. He was invited to several American universities including Harvard, M.I.T., Howard, Georgetown and UCLA. He has also given concerts, lectures and writing workshops in several countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
Musically, Webster has been active since 1995; a founding member of the Limoilou Starz collective, he is a veteran and one of the pioneers of the Quebec hip-hop scene. The Old Man of the Mountain is known for the quality and finesse of his lyrics. His art is a tool that he has been refining for over two decades in order to convey his cultural and intellectual background in the most creative way.
Webster is also the author of a hip-hop writing manual, À l’Ombre des Feuilles (Québec Amérique, 2019),
and a children’s book about Olivier Le Jeune, the first African slave in Canada, Le Grain de Sable (Septentrion, 2019).