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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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