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Black Bazar

Alain Mabanckou’s 2009 novel Black Bazar spoke successfully to and about the African diaspora in France, their daily hustle, fashion, style and language. All through the eyes of the Congolese…..

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NBA player Serge Ibaka has no country

Last year we pointed to the fact that sports commentators, statisticians and journalists can’t distinguish the Democratic Republic of Congo (the DRC) from its neighbor the Republic of Congo every…..

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Music Break. YaoBobby ft. Fredy Massamba

There’s a fast growing collection of cross-over hip hop songs produced by Central and West African artists making a living in the diaspora (especially in French-speaking hotbeds like Marseilles, Paris…..

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Serge Ibaka is Spanish

Listening to the Spanish commentaries in this video summary (and reading some biographies on the net), you’d be forgiven to believe Brazzaville-born NBA basketball player Serge ‘Air Congo’ Ibaka is…..

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Independence August

Since we’ll be on break for a minute (details tomorrow) when the following central African countries celebrate their independence days, let’s do a quick roundup for Central African Republic, Congo…..

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No surprises, rappers JJC and Sway "are Africans"

Today, Nigeria celebrates 50 years of independence. To mark the occasion,* we bring you Nigerian-British rapper JJC’s collaboration with Ghanaian-British rapper Sway, and their remix of a song that Sean…..

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Photography / Brazzaville's Sapeurs

Great series of photographs by Italian Francesco Giusti of purveyors of “le sape,” the fashion-obsessed La Societe des Ambianceurs et Personnes Elegantes, or the society of atmosphere setters and elegant…..

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THE SO-CALLED "RESOURCE CURSE"

The producers at Al Jazeera English’s “People and Power” program investigates the appropriation of profits from rich natural resources, mainly oil, by Congo-Brazzaville’s political leadership. The family of life President…..