Video of the Week: Premier Gaou

June 27, 2007

Go to any African party anywhere and there’s a 80% chance you’ll hear this song! Yep, almost 10 years after this Magic System song was released (at the peak of the Zouglou era), it is still one the people’s favorites, a classic you might to call this one!

The second part of the video features Meiway, another Ivorian artist, creator of the Zoblazo 


Video of the Week: Bisso Na Bisso

June 21, 2007

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 😉