YOUNG PARIS, aka Milandou Badila, is parading into the industry like a breath of fresh air. Since he’s been chosen to perform at AFROPUNK Fest in Paris, he’s been getting a lot of coverage for his unique blend of formulated melodies that vacillate between rap and electronic dance music mix with traditional African drumbeats Young Paris and his ten brothers and sisters are the progeny of Andre and Pamela Badila, world-renowned Congolese dancers, and together, they pay tribute to their heritage by donning traditional dress and body-paint, updated for modern impact. Father, Le Grand Elombe Badila, was co-founder of the first National Ballet of the Congo, which brought peace to many villages and united them in dance. This unity played an important role in Congo’s independence in the 1960’s. Mother, Pamela Badila, Dancer Emeritus with “Les Grands ballets d’Afrique Noirs”, joined his father’s company in Paris after touring with world famous ‘Rose Marie Guiraud’.
Young Paris first got discovered after being chosen by Arcade Fire’s team to perform at their annual KANPÉ event. YP has since been featured heavily by ‘AFROPUNK’, known internationally as Brooklyn’s weekend-long blowout music festival and celebration of the diaspora of black music and culture. He’s been displayed heavily in their campaign throughout Europe and more recently a primary face of their annual Music Fest in Brooklyn. Since his release of ‘The Haus’ featured on their website, YP has been invited to play Afropunk Paris, NY, and the up-coming Atlanta show, stealing headlines as he spreads his intoxicating image and sound.