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In pictures: Boogie in the Congo

Gospel musicians in purple perform at the Pan-African Festival of Music in Congo

Africa's biggest music festival is under way in Congo this week bringing together hundreds of artists in the capital Brazzaville.

The Paris-based Congolese bank Kekele

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.

Crowds at the Pan-African Festival of Music in Congo

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.

Performers at the Pan-African Festival of Music in Congo

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.

Achille Mouebo performing at the Pan-African Festival of Music in Congo

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.

Musicians with African instruments at the Pan-African Festival of Music in Congo

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.

Writer Alain Mabanckou

Another big attraction is Brazzaville-born writer Alain Mabanckou - the winner of a prestigious French literature prize - who gave a keynote speech.

Dancers performing at the Pan-African Festival of Music in Congo

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]




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