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With you Natalia Ksenchak. Most of the inhabitants of civilized countries live in relative prosperity, have apartments and cars, live in clean areas, on weekends have the opportunity to go to the mall. But there are places on our planet where there is an economic crisis, a low standard of living, but people want to be intolerant get out of poverty. In the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which are in Africa, one can see the following picture: Among the poor slums, among the dirt and debris, among the floor of the ruins and huts are young people. They are dressed with needles in sumptuous costumes of bright colors so harmonizing with their dark skin. On the legs – to shine polished shoes. Their appearance seems inappropriate in comparison with other inhabitants of this area. These men are called the saper. They are representatives of the subculture “la sape” or in another way “a community of advanced, elegant people.” The subculture “la sape” originated in the 1960s in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Kinshasa, and then pretended to be the capital of the Republic of the Congo – Brazzaville. Until the 1960s, both republics belonged to European countries, like most African countries. The Democratic Republic of the Congo belonged to Belgium. The Republic of the Congo belonged to France. In the 1960s, many African countries were liberated from the oppression of Europeans. In 1965, authoritarian President Mobutu Sese Seko came to power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which proclaimed authenticity and put under ban European names, treatment and clothing. The youth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo rebelled and began to dress in an emphatically elegant European-style clothing. By the beginning of the 21st century, the subculture la sape had spread to several other African countries. For 50 with a few years of style, la sape has transformed. Costumes became colored, more often performed in a monochrome color scheme. There were bright colors, inherent in the African continent. The costume cut was extravagant. Such sets are expensive,
about 300 US dollars, which is the average salary for six months in both republics. That’s why many people have to borrow. The most famous representative of the style of la sape is the singer from Congo Papa Vemba – popularizer of African music and king of rumba. At home, he was considered not just a singer, but also a trendsetter. In 1979, he became the unspoken leader of the la sape subculture. Here’s what he said about this style: “The culture la sape proclaimed high standards of personal hygiene, neatness elegant clothes for the younger generation. When I talk to young people, I insist on good care, a good shave and a good perfume. I do not care about their education,
it must come from the family. ” After Vemba’s death, Cameroonian saxophonist Mano di Bango spoke about him. Here’s what he told the BBC during the interview: “His whole approach to clothing was part of the story that we – Africans – so long denied our humanity. People always had stereotypes about us. Papa Vemba tell me what to wear well – it’s not a matter of money and not something for Westerners. We Africans also have elegance. ” The subculture la sape is considered an analogue of our Soviet style, with which one can agree. With one big difference: Our Soviet dudes protested against totalitarian regime, against the Iron Curtain, deficit and uniformity in music and clothing. African dudes protest against poverty and poverty of places of residence. These people want beauty, I want chic and fashion. They experience spiritual hunger, which compensates with the help of their bright outfits. Personally, I was sad about the whole situation. Write in the comments what you think about these bright guys. If you liked this video, then be sure put a husky, subscribe to my channel. All before the meeting, bye!