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Watch Stromae Play 'Papaoutai' Live In Gabon

Stromae stopped by Libreville, Gabon on his tour of Sub-Saharan Africa, where he played a striking live rendition of "Papaoutai"


Rwandan-rooted Belgian pop singer Stromae is currently on a tour across Sub-Saharan Africa in support of his hit-packed sophomore album Racine Carrée. In a recent show at Gabon an audience member captured his live rendition of "Papaoutai," which features a robot factory line introduction and sees Stromae and his 'younger self' mimicking the outfits and dance moves of the track's striking music video.

Stromae recently spoke with The Fader about "Papaoutai," which he wrote as a way of dealing with his absent father who was killed during the Rwandan Genocide. “Like Freud said, you’ll be an adult when you forgive your father,” he mentions, “I thought about him a lot during the composition of this song, and when I have a baby I’m sure I’m gonna miss him.”

For more Racinee Carée singles, revisit Stromae's recent social media addiction video for “Carmen,” his Cesária Évora tribute video “Ave Cesaria,” Belgian world cup anthem “Ta Fête” and the second capsule collection of his clothing line MOSAERT. The singer has two dates left on his Tournée Africaine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (June 13) and Rwanda (June 20). Watch Stromae's live performance of "Papaoutai" in Libreville, Gabon below.

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The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

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