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The Emperor’s Orchestra

Inna Lazareva | Narratively | 6th June 2020

The Central African Republic’s self-proclaimed emperor, Jean Bédel Bokassa, conscripted the young Charlie Perrière into his personal orchestra. Bokassa saw music as “a power-wielding political tool,” saying “it is the artists who enable others to get to know a country.” So his entourage w…

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