Papa Wemba, one of Zaire's most exuberant and enterprising musicians, plays Kouru, a traditional musician whose popularity dwindles when local villagerslatch on to the more exciting possibilities of electric instruments. Kouru decides to travel to the city to pursue his dream of becoming a superstar. In his eventful, funny journey to success, he lands a job as a houseboy and falls in love. Only problem is, he and his boss fall for the same woman...Set against the bustling backdrop of the town of Kinshasa, the film paints a more honest and vivid picture of African life than any blockbuster with sunset safari scenes ever could. And Wemba is given plenty of scope to perform, leading to a joyous all's well that ends well musical finale, 'La Vie est belle'.