Actor and dancer Fabrice Don de Dieu Bwabulamutima invited me to visit his dance classes not far from the airport. At Chez Papa Bwaka – a bar belonging to a fellow dancer – a group of 12 dancers or so are practicing. Cha-cha-cha Congolese Rumba. Fabrice introduces me to two elderly men. They too are… Continue Reading
Interneeeet. It’s a relatively slow and expensive affair in DRC. The under-water fibre optic cable has made its way around the African continent and been spun across various countries in the interior – but it was slow to reach DRC. High speed (3G) internet has only been available since the beginning of the year, after… Continue Reading
On my first weekend in Kinshasa I got to see the man himself perform. Now in his mid-60s, Papa Wemba is probably one of the most well-known masters of Soukous or Congolese rumba.
Yup so this wasn’t your usual sit-down concert. Instead it was a parade from the Centre Culturel M’eko through a neighbourhood in Ngaliema. Dusty streets, dozens of children – it kind of felt like we were following the pied pipers of Kinshasa. I was drenched and could only admire the stamina of the musicians with… Continue Reading