Focus AFRICA Issue dated 22/03/2021

Bongo, M6, Bakayoko and Bolloré: how rap stars hobnob at highest levels of African power

A number of leading rap stars, among them Akon, Booba and Gims, have established close links with the occupants of Africa's presidential palaces. And, because they serve as links between France and Africa, their services are actively sought by the French government, which is looking for ways to communicate with young people in Africa. [...] (3039 words)
Gims in concert in 2019.
Gims in concert in 2019. © Stéphanie Para/La Montagne/PhotoPQR/MaxPPP
A number of leading rap stars, among them Akon, Booba and Gims, have established close links with the occupants of Africa's presidential palaces. And, because they serve as links between France and Africa, their services are actively sought by the French government, which is looking for ways to communicate with young people in Africa. [...] (3039 words)
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