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The Importance of Being Elegant


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Papa Wemba , a well-known Congolese singer, is also a prominent figure in a Paris- and Brussels-based cult known as La Sape , whose acolytes - many of whom are illegal immigrants - spend huge amounts on designer clothes in an effort to appear as conspicuously elegant as possible. Set to the strains of Wemba's music, this film from the Storyville documentary strand follows him as he prepares for what's being touted as his last major concert. Directors George Amponsah and Cosima Spender
Series editor Nick Fraser www.bbc.co.uk/storyville


Unknown: Papa Wemba
Unknown: La Sape
Directors: George Amponsah
Directors: Cosima Spender
Editor: Nick Fraser

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The Importance of Being Elegant

BBC Two England, 14 August 2004 22.00

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