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Stromae Photographed With The Sapeurs In Brazzaville

Baudouin Mouanda photographs Belgian-born, Rwandan-rooted pop singer Stromae hitting the streets of Brazzaville with the Sapeurs de Bacongo.

All photos courtesy of Baudouin Mouanda


In May, Belgian-born, Rwandan-rooted singer Stromae set out on his very first African tour, which theoretically would have included stops in Senegal, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Republic of Congo, DRC, Gabon, and Rwanda, where his late father is from. Unfortunately, the pop artist was forced to cancel the final two concerts in Kinshasa and Kigali due to side effects of preventive anti-malarial medication that required immediate hospitalization.

We already know the show in Gabon went off without a hitch. Now, we have some evidence of what Stromae was up to in Brazzaville. In a series of photos shot by Young Talent Award-winning Congolese photographer Baudouin Mouanda, the MOSAERT clothing line founder can be seen strolling the capital's streets with members of S.A.P.E. (the Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elégantes aka the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People). Peep Mouanda's photos of Stromae and the Sapeurs in the gallery above. For more, listen to Monaco-based duo Handsome Habibi's recent club foor remix of “Carmen."

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Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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