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Isaac Bacirongo speaks about his memoire, Still a Pygmy


Isaac helped establish the first Indigenous rights organisation in D.R. Congo in the mid-1990s.  He was imprisoned because of his activism by the rebel regime that occupied the area from 1998 to 2003, but managed to escape and flee to Nairobi with his wife and 10 children, later registering as a refugee with UNHCR and being resettled in Australia.  A key reason I became interested in this project was the lack of good first-person narratives by Congolese about the Congo Wars.

 
Still a Pygmy brings to life the political and social themes of contemporary Central Africa, and makes them accessible for undergraduates.  It is available in paperback and as an ebook through Amazon and other bookshops.

(Finch Publishing, 2015: http://finch.com.au/books/still-a-pygmy). 

Kindoki: Nouveaux court-métrage Congolais

Kindoki est un film de court-métrage basé sur un jeune garçon appelé Placide aux côtés de sa petite sœur Rosie , qui vivaient avec leurs mère à Paris , avant d’être envoyé à leurs tante à Londres . Luttant pour les élever , leur mère Mariam pensé que ce serait Continue reading Kindoki: Nouveaux court-métrage Congolais

Highlights from the Lisapo event celebrating Congolese culture in Manchester

Community Arts North West has recently delivered a new and unique Congolese Heritage project called Lisapo – The Congolese Tales (funded by Heritage Lottery Fund).

Lisapo focused on the narrative oral histories and cultural traditions of the Congolese community which has been migrating to Britain since the late 1980’s as a result of the destabilisation of the country and consequent civil war.

The project also includes the Lisapo oral histories archive which is available for the public to access at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Archive at Manchester Central Library, and the North West Sound Archive.

 

Extracts from the oral history recordings are available on-line through the Community Arts North West and Lisapo websites at: http://lisapotales.wordpress.com/oral-histories/ and http://can.uk.com/archive/lisapo-oral-histories/ 

The films of the Lisapo performance provide a fantastic educational tool for sharing the heritage of this new and vibrant community and are available to view on the CAN website  at:

http://bit.ly/lisapo-performance And on the Lisapo website at: https://lisapotales.wordpress.com

 We hope you watch and enjoy the multiple resources that are now available through this project.

CAYP Team.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair returns to London

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Omar Victor Diop El Moro, 2014 Magnin A

Returning to London for its second edition, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair brings the African art world to an international stage. Notable participating galleries include October Gallery, Taymour Grahne Gallery, and ArtLab Africa, among others, and          mediums range from sculptures and installations, to paintings and multimedia works. As a forum for showcasing African artists and projects related to Africa, 1:54 highlights the latest offerings and insights into the growing market for African art.

1. When? Where? How?

1:54 takes place October 16th–19th at Somerset House, London, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the fair.

2. Why visit?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

In its second edition, 1:54 is unique in that it is designed for promoting African art and African-related projects. Showcasing work from 27 galleries, 1:54 offers an inside look at the innovations and contemporary movements emerging from Africa. In addition, it will include an extensive educational and artistic program curated by Koyo Kouoh, curator and founding director of RAW Material Company, a center for art in Dakar. The programming will include lectures, film screenings, and discussions between leading curators, artists, and art advisors.

Wanna  find out more why not take a glimpse at this years exhibition by clicking on this   Gallery

Kinshasa symphony orchestra gets global stage


Despite being ravaged by war and poverty, the Democratic Republic of Congo has produced the world’s first all-black symphony orchestra, which has grown from a small group with home-made instruments to a respected international outfit.

A day after arriving in England from Kinshasa, Armand Diangienda is evidently impressed by the facilities offered by his hosts, the Halle Orchestra in Manchester. Continue reading Kinshasa symphony orchestra gets global stage

Capoeira lessons for the children of DR Congo – BBC News

Disadvantaged children of the Democratic Republic of Congo are taking lessons in capoeira – a mix of martial arts and dance associated with Brazil.

Dance teacher Yannick N’salambo Walters hopes that by giving free lessons in the discipline, he can offer the children hope and a temporary family.

In Kinshasa, the capital of DR Congo, tens of thousands of children beg on the streets each day.

Yannick has been speaking to the BBC’s Maud Jullien.

Video filmed by Leonora Baumann