Rapper Mokobe
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French rapper Mokobe sees hope for banlieue kids

Like many French rappers Mokobe was born and bred in one of the immigrant suburbs that ring French cities.

Over a 20-year career, he has filled venues across France and West Africa but has retained a special connection with the "banlieues".

His fond memories of growing up with 14 other children of Senegalese-Mauritanian parents in Vitry-sur-Seine, near Paris, belie the image of France's housing estates as dismal ghettoes.

  • 24 Aug 2016
  • From the section Europe