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Enchanted Africa ball, best musical pick-me-up around

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The "Enchanted Africa Ball" at Paris's Pan Piper, March 2016
The "Enchanted Africa Ball" at Paris's Pan Piper, March 2016 Alison Hird

It all started with Afrique Enchantée, a music programme on French public radio, which then morphed into a live show, complete with the 12-piece Les Mercenaires de l'Ambiance orchestra. Now its three founders - EMCEES Solo, Vlad and Hortense - have released an album: 13 songs from the 60s and 70s that open a window onto the continent's social and political history, guaranteed to get you dancing. As Le Bal de l'Afrique Enchantée (Enchanted African Ball) tours the continent through song, MC Vlad Cagnolari takes RFI through its steps.

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