But instead of giving up, or trying their luck in foreign lands, they stayed in their home country to show that they could make their dreams come true in Senegal.
"Wageble is an amazing group," said DJ Magee. "They really walk the walk. They practice what they preach."
"It is amazing to see how much they have done for their neighborhood, Thiaroye Azur."
"We want to show to the Senegalese youth," said Waterflow, "that even when you come from a very like poor place in Africa, you can be someone else, you know, you can like, travel around the world and do your music."
Despite his numerous business trips to Europe and America – a privilege usually reserved to the elite in his country -- and the fact that he speaks fluent English, which is also rare in Senegal, Waterflow says he feels 100 percent Senegalese, and he would not trade either his roots nor his identity for any other.
"Senegal, it's me, me I am Senegal," he said, "so of course I love Senegal, it's my country, it's my soul, you know."
Additional reporting by Gallagher Fenwick.