VICE magazine/ The Music Issue/ Brazzaville Hardcore: Talking Rap and Revolution with Congo’s Martial Pa’nucci

Moyi Mbourangon
By Christopher Clark

MARTIAL PA’NUCCI, ONE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CONGO’S MOST POPULAR RAPPERS, HAS MADE HIS REPUTATION CONFRONTING POLITICAL REPRESSION.

[…] Together, social media and hip-hop have helped to create solidarity between the growing number of youthful citizen movements, activists and disaffected youth across Africa and its diaspora. The last time I spoke to Pa’nucci he was in Senegal as a guest of the International Federation of Human Rights. While in the country he was also looking to deepen relationships with the leading members of Y’en a Marre and the Senegalese hip-hop community. All of these relationships had been initiated via social media. Just before Pa’nucci left Brazzaville, bound for Senegal, he released the latest hit single from his album, « Sassoule », a play on the French expression « ca me soule » (« I’m done ») and the surname of the Congolese president, whom the song’s lyrics describe as follows:

« Slaughterer of Congolese / Eh, everyone knows / Drainer of public funds / Eh, everyone knows / Gravedigger of the nation / Eh, everyone knows »…

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