Conquest of Paradise

It would be hard to make this up. As president Alassane Ouattara arrives, the loudspeakers blast out a stirring tune from Vangelis, most famous for composing the Chariots of Fire theme. The ‘grand entrance’ music is always the same. What none of his critics seem to have figured out yet is that the tune is called ‘Conquest of Paradise’ and is the main theme in the film 1492 about European colonialists’ first arrival in the New World. According to the pro-Gbagbo press, president Ouattara acts as a simple French prefet who spends his waking hours serving his masters in Paris. So, all rather ironic and perhaps even embarrassing, but no-one’s quite curious enough to identify the music…

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