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Sapeurs !  •  February 2015 - February 2015

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by Vincent Boisot

Tartan kilts, skirts, wide-leg pants by Yohji Yamamoto, clothes made in the Congo entirely from paper... the sapeur's wardrobe is resolutely eccentric in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The elegant art of dressing known as SAPE (which stands for the Society of Ambiance-makers and Elegant people) may have started in Brazzaville on the other side of the majestic Congo River, but since arriving in Kinshasa back in the 1960s, it has taken on its own special flavor.

 

Bamako Fashion  •  February 2015

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by Vincent Boisot

In late February 2015, Bamako hosted its first ever fashion week, an impressive achievement in a war-scarred country. The joyful, family atmosphere championed creators from all over Mali, and many well-known West African labels came to take part and support the latest African fashion week.

 

Rumble in the City  •  June 2012 - June 2014

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by Vincent Boisot

40 years after the "fight of the century", the Kinshasa ghetto still remembers the battle between Mohammad Ali and George Foreman on 30 October 1974. But although the "Rumble in the Jungle" is engraved in people's memories, the boxers who continue to train in the legendary but dilapidated Tata Raphael Stadium now have to combat general indifference to their sport. It will take more than that to discourage the opponents who come to train every evening after school or work in the hope of a better future.

 

Kinshasa, a heroic symphony  •  June 2009

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by Vincent Boisot

Ten years of war and corruption have transformed "Kin la belle" into "Kin la poubelle". But nothing can diminish its reputation as Africa's musical capital. Renowned throughout the continent for its energy, its creativity and its music for dancing the night away, Kinshasa has also given birth to an astonishing musical line-up - the only black symphony orchestra in Africa.

 

Mode in Africa  •  July 2011

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by Vincent Boisot

The 9th Fashion Week in Dakar in July was attended by twenty creators from around the continent. An opportunity to plunge into African fashion, driven by the creativity and dynamism of a region of the world where elegance is still a way of life.

 

Bamako Racing  •  June 215

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by Vincent Boisot

On Sundays in Bamako, it is also the day of horse races. In the racecourse of the capital, from December till July, hundreds of people gather to follow three weekly departures: the small horses, the half-cracks and the cracks.

 

Mwimba Texas  •  February 2010

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by Vincent Boisot

In a country where albinos's white skin makes them the target of repeated prejudice, Mwimba Texas has fought to make his dream come true and become a professional wrestling champion. From wrestling in the ring to defending the rights of the albino community, his life is a story of hope, courage and Congolese resourcefulness.

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