Brazzaville

CONGO, Brazzaville : Sapeur Patience Moutala, coordinator the Red Devils group and member of “La Sape” movement, the acronym for “Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes” (The Society for the Advancement of Elegant People), poses in Brazzaville on March 17, 2014. The Sape movement, born in the 1960s in Congo, aims at dressing flamboyantly. AFP PHOTO / JUNIOR D. KANNAH

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The Sapeurs

This documentary illustrates the brightly coloured and social affairs that bring the ‘Sapeurs’ together. Their bold choice to live an unexpected lifestyle is a source of celebrated originality and positivity. Their life is not defined by occupation or wealth, but by respect, a moral code and an inspirational display of flair and creativity. The Sapeurs show us that whilst in life you cannot always choose your circumstances, you can always choose who you are.

Being a Sapeur is not about money. We borrow each others’ clothes because we always say, “it’s not about the cost of the suit that counts. It’s the worth of the man inside it.”

When there’s peace, there’s Sape. And when there’s peace, there’s life.

I definitely enjoyed briefly learning the story behind each man and the passion that ties them all together despite the different age gaps.

anonymous asked:

It's "Star Called Sun" by Brazzaville. I love the band, I've seen them live many times, and they'll be in my city again next week, I'm so happy ~ song anon

I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!! I am so happy you’ll see the band playing your favourite song. Wow I really like this a lot! Thank you so much :D!!!!

anonymous asked:

The song is actually a cover, original is "Zvezda po imyeni Solntse" by Viktor Tsoi, I like it as well, and lyrics are very interesting, you can find a translation of original text, because the one by Brazzaville is a whole new song (I'll take this opportunity to say "Jesse James", "East L.A. Breeze" and "Air Mail" by Brazzaville are also beautiful) ~ song anon :)

oh my god the original is equally as good guitar….

One reason why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer in Congo is nepotism. To have money, you have to be close to power. Even if a poor student studies hard and excels more than all his classmates, if he doesn’t know anyone in a position of influence, he will remain poor. So you see, in our country it’s not the fruits of your labour that bring you wealth. Nepotism really blocks certain classes from rising.
—  Gaston Okombi, 27, a Brazzaville resident who remains unemployed after earning his master’s degree in finance more than a year ago.
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Stromae performs to a sold out crowd Congolese Capital, Brazzaville.

Baudouin Mouanda uploaded these photos on facebook with this caption.

“Il est 17h au palais de congres, le public impatient venu de quatre coin de la ville occupé l'unique esplanade du lieu où se produit le phénomène Papa où t'es. C'est finalement, 1h après qu'il va retrouver son père Zao, lorsque que le public réclame formidable, on fait allusion a sa célèbre chanson soulard des années 1980. Eh oui, c'est bien son père. Stromae peut finalement renoncer a sa tournée africaine au pays de la rumba à Brazzaville”.