“Bangui is sweet”: a rap to renew the appreciation of the Central African capital

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“Bangui the coquette”, or Bangui the beautiful, as it was nicknamed in the 1970s, has lost some of its splendor. Capital of a country plagued by conflict and political upheaval, the largest city in the Central African Republic has been “mocked, mistreated and neglected,” according to rapper Befa Centro. The French and Central African rapper hopes to change that, with a song and video that are a “declaration of love” to Bangui.

The Central African Republic has been in the throes of conflict between Christians and Muslims in the country since 2013. Our Observer Christian Ndotah, who works to restore dialogue between Christians and Muslims, helped support the production of the song.

It is called “Bangui is soft” (in English, “Bangui is soft”). The initiative of Befa Centro is based on “a desire to speak well” of the Central African Republic, specifies the artist on his YouTube page. He says he wants to promote the Central African Republic and Bangui “through moments of life, conviviality and joy”.

Listen to the song in full here:

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