Video of the Week: Bisso Na Bisso

I’m starting this week a new rubric called Video of the Week where I’ll share with you my musical “coup de coeurs”, past as well as present. Today’s feature will be a video of the France based Congolese (Brazzaville) rap collective known as Bisso Na Bisso (meaning ‘between us’ in Lingala). The video is a parody of African government leaders concern with stuffing their pockets during their tenure rather the welfare of the people who put them in office. Bisso Na Bisso was banned from performing in their native country of Congo upon release of “Racines” (roots) their debut album in 1999. The title of the song (dans la peau d’un chef) can be translated as ‘in the shoes of an elected or appointed official’. And oh the song is in French 😉

5 Responses to Video of the Week: Bisso Na Bisso

  1. Mike says:

    That’s Jimi’s guitar from “Ay Chona La” by Youssou N’dour. I hope they got the rights for it and paid them.

  2. Barima says:

    Oh, this reminds me of the two weeks I spent in Calavi, Benin back in 99.
    Bisso Na Bisso and PBS(Positive Black Soul) were playing in my roon constantly. Nice video, Sefu.

  3. Papa Shongo says:

    Umm, Mike they invited lots of other African artists to feature on the album, which went gold in France and they toured every freaking place with an African community. So my guess is yes, they probably got the rights to the Youssou Ndour sample.

  4. Barima says:

    A chaque periode de crise, il faut savoir se mettre a l’abri d’un eventuel souci financier!

  5. Papa Shongo says:

    Yea that’s every corrupted African leader’s motto. The message is simply to prevent eventual financial woes you have to steal as much as you can, when you can

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