August 11, Chad

There’s still time left to recognize Chad’s Independence Day today, and keeping with our regular feature, we’re posting popular music from the country.

First up is a short clip of Mounira Mitchala, handling a live show in Paris:


Being part of the French sphere of influence, Chadians are listening to and making music popular in other Francophone African countries such as Ndombolo, Coupe Decale, Zouk, and Rap.

Jorio Stars, a Cameroonian and Chadian collaboration(?):

A nice dance song and video by Pyramydes:

And a Rap song with a beat that sounds (a little bit) like it’s sampling Triggerman!


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Rap is no surprise really, partly because of the worldwide trend, but also because the most famous rapper of Chadian origin is non other than the one MC Solaar:

Today, it seems that there are nuff home studio recordings by Chadian teenagers, if youtube has anything to say about it.

The francophone alignment has historical precedence, folks like Maître Gazonga were making Soukous hits in the 1980’s:

There’s also the Arabic language sphere of influence which produced this Auto-tuned wonder set to a propaganda video:

It’s a symptom of the digital age that when finding new music information may be distorted, as Sahel Sounds put so eloquently.

This is might or might not be Farge Elhaloani, and he might or might not be a Sudanese singer performing in Chad:

And finally to smooth out your evening…

Boima Tucker

Chief Boima is a Sierra Leonean-American music producer, DJ and writer. He is also the managing editor, podcast host, and music section editor of Africa is a Country.

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