Africa's biggest music festival is under way in Congo this week bringing together hundreds of artists in the capital Brazzaville.
Paris-based band Kekele were the main attraction, getting everyone moving with their mix of Congolese and Cuban rhythms. It was their first concert back in Congo for 10 years.
Tens of thousands have been packing into the colonial-era Felix Eboue stadium. Large screens showcase the performers, while the concerts are broadcast live on Congolese television.
The best way to enjoy the festival is just to head to one of the venues, as the day before the festival began, no programme was available and the schedule is often changed.
Organisers are trying to make sure new artists get a chance on the main stage. New talent Achille Mouebo sang in French and Lingala and proved popular with the crowd.
This year's theme of the Pan-African Festival of Music is the role music played in Africa's freedom struggles and how music today is used to bring liberation.
Another big attraction is Brazzaville-born writer Alain Mabanckou - the winner of a prestigious French literature prize - who gave a keynote speech.
He said that despite the role of music in Africa's political liberation, the lyrics have often given a very negative portrayal of women. [Pics & words: BBC's John James]