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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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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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