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La Vie est Belle takes us inside the vibrant music scene of Kinshasa, the Congo's exhilarating and exasperating capital whose back alleys and clubs pulsate to the beat of some of the most influential music in the world. The film, starring Soukous music legend Papa Wemba, tells the "rags to riches" story of a poor country musician who seeks fame in the city's vibrant music industry. This lively farce illustrates the Congolese faith in Systeme-D or debrouillardise, fending for yourself to survive in the face of overwhelming obstacles. If there is a commercial cinema in Africa's future, then La Vie est Belle may be one of its precursors
Pfaff in the book, The Cinema of Ousmane Sembene writing on the use of sound and limited music in his films writes;
In some instances, sounds are used rhythmically and melodiously to create a musical effect without the help of a musical instrument. Concerning the greatest part of the musical score of Ceddo, Sembene specifies that "it is not exactly music. It is a repetition of sounds and rythmns. It is done with bottles. Why not harmonise sounds and rythmns, why should we always resort to traditional African music for our films?"
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