Côte d’Ivoire, A Positive look at the Nation

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Côte d’Ivoire facts

Official name: Republic of Côte d’Ivoire [Ivory Coast]

Capital: Yamoussoukro

Official language: French

Population: 20.6 million

Size: 68th in world. Slightly larger than New Mexico. About the size of Germany.

Currency: West African CFA franc Côte d’Ivoire is a wonderful nation full of culture and beauty. The videos below summarize the economy, tourism, culture and life of the great nation.

Côte d’Ivoire the land of Hospitality

Côte d’Ivoire the land of Hospitality, Part 2

What makes this nation special?

Ivory Coast excels in football/soccer. They represent Africa in major tournaments, and reached the finals of the recent African Cup of Nations 2012. The sport has produced world stars like Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Gervinho. They all play in the biggest clubs in Europe.

The music of Ivory Coast is also great. The nation embraces life and the people are full of joy. See the video below, it will lift your spirit. The child is very cute. The song is inspired by "Zangalewa" [Cameroonian song]. "Waka Waka" by Shakira was also inspired by "Zangalewa".

Beautiful Abidjan

Beautiful Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire - Courtsey of worldpoliticsblog.wordpress.com

My favorite music from Côte d’Ivoire is Coupé-Décalé. Coupé-Décalé was pioneered by the late Stephane Doukouré (a.k.. "Douk-Saga") during the post-2002 militaro-political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire. It reflects the aspirations of a large section of Ivorian youth. Coupé-Décalé is a very percussive style featuring African samples, deep bass, and repetitive, minimalist arrangements.

Lyrically, Coupé-Décalé is about happiness, expressing daily life in Ivorian society, and also gives an insight into the political situation of the country. [wiki]

The nation has also produced international stars in the music industry like Dobet Gnahore.

Below is a playlist of music from Côte d’Ivoire. It is mainly Coupé-Décalé.

Ivory Coast Music by Marlon Katsigazi on Grooveshark

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