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37thstate:

Dimanche à Brazzaville (Sunday in Brazzaville) - Trailer

A young radio talk host, Carlos La Menace, unveils in his weekend show three figures of Congo’s capital, Brazzaville. The Sapeur Yves Saint Laurent, surrounded by extreme poverty, chooses elegance as a way of life. Cheriff Bakala is not a usual rapper. Mixes hip hop with Congolese folk, and uses local instruments, such as drums made up with water cans. He’s about to record his first album in a country with almost no producers. Finally, Palmas Yaya, Brazzaville’s wrestling champion is relying on voodoo to defend its throne in a crucial moment of his life…


Day 17 of March is for African Music Month

Song: La Bas

Artist: Bisso Na Bisso

Country: Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)

Bisso Na Bisso means “Between Us” in Lingala. Their name speaks to the band’s inclusive attitude towards other musicians and musical styles. The band formed in 1999 and made its start by blending hip-hop and with Congolese traditional styles of music. Since then, they have become one of the biggest names in the Republic of the Congo’s music scene.

"La Bas" is Bisso Na Bisso’s most popular song. This song is from their most recent album Africa, which was released in 2009. The song blends the traditional sound of Soukous (Congolese Rumba) with contemporary sounds and dance styles from around the globe. It also incorporates elements of the band experiencing both everyday life and high society activities.