Archive for June, 2011

Et si tu ne me reconnais pas
Te reconnais-tu lorsque tu vois ce que nous sommes devenus
Et si mon image dis « tu ne peux y regretter la tienne »
C’est que l’obscur de ton regard noirci notre lumière
Alors tous les soirs lorsque je chante « c’est pas moi c’est les autres »
Je me dis que c’est pas si simple que ca
De reconnaitre tes fautes
Le monde est ainsi fait n’est ce pas
Mais peut-il reellement ce faire sans nous
Peut-il reellement se faire sans toi ?

There is a saying that says “Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition” I have never been able to really understood this until I listened to Abd Al Malik’s work. Best described as a deconstructionist rapper, Abd Al Malik’s radical style is much in keeping with the groundbreaking work of the deconstructionist philosophers whom he studied at university.

The pioneering young rapper introduced a totally new aesthetic to French hip-hop, pushing back musical borders and transcending styles on his second solo album “Gibraltar”, released in 2006. The Sufi poet-rapper, who began his career with the Strasbourg crew New African Poets, has won a number of prestigious awards in the course of his career and his thought-provoking songs are now enjoying increasing success on the musical mainstream.

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Presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on November 28, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Pastor Daniel Ngoy Mulunda, announced during a news conference on Saturday in Kinshasa.

“Registration of candidates for president and national Members of Parliament will begin on August 4, thus, before the ninety days required by article 73 of the Constitution.

A preliminary list of candidates will be published on September 7, thus, precisely ninety days before the election of the president and members of the National Assembly, as required by article 73 of the Constitution.

The election of the president and members of the National Assembly will take place on November 28.

Preliminary results of the elections will be published on December 6, the same day the term of the incumbent president ends.

In late December, the newly-elected president will be sworn in.

Provincial elections will take place on March 25, 2012.

Senators will be elected on July 4, 2012.

And, on July 21, 2012 the election of provincial governors and vice-governors will be held.”

Pastor Daniel Ngoy Mulunda warned political parties and platforms against “any kind of violence or intimidation during the polls. All acts of violence resulting from the actions of political actors will lead the INEC to purely and simply cancel the polls in the area. May God help us accomplish this timetable in peace and national unity.”

Courtesy of the Congo News Agency: Breaking News from DR Congo

Congolese Cinema

Posted: June 9, 2011 in General, News
Viva Riva! – Official Trailer

Kinshasa is a city of silky smooth and pulsating nightlife, always ready to go on forever. The happy few who have it all life the high life, never looking back on those who have nothing and live in envy, dreaming of their turn as kings and queens of the night. Riva is one of those dreamers who had nothing, until he returned from ten years away, his pockets full of cash and determined to have the time of his life. With his old pal, J.M., he sets out for a night of drink, dance and debauchery. Queen of the night, mysterious, distant beauty, Nora’s dance transfixes Riva. No matter that she belongs to a local gangster, Riva must have her. Could this be something real?

The money Riva is spending belongs to his old boss in Angola, who, in hot pursuit, wreaks bloody havoc every step of his way through town to find Riva. The dream becomes a nightmare, as Riva suffers the cold light of day – and his glory time runs out in a sordid pit on the edge of town.

REVIEW: The Movie Received 6 awards, including best film, best director. Djo tunda Wa Munga’s Viva Riva!, a crime thriller set among Congolese gas gangsters, was the big winner at the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards, taking six trophies including best film. The feature also scooped the best direct being prize, took supporting actor and actress honors for Hoji Fortuna and Marlene Longage respectively, and won best cinematography and best production design.

Viva Riva! Has been generating buzz- and international sales – since its premier at the Toronto Film Festival last year. German sales outfit Beta Cinema has locked down multiple territories for the drama, including sales to Music Box Films in the U.S..

For all those residing in the States, Please make sure you go out and watch the movie when it comes out to a city near you, We need to show support to one of our own!

If you are lacking inspiration on what to wear to your next party or outing here is a style inspired by Africa to cheer you up.Remember to incorporate an African aesthetic to your everyday look.

What Others Have To Say

Posted: June 9, 2011 in Advice, General

On this week’s post, we have interviewed two of our own, Mwanana Sulubani and Joe Mulumba, although these two individual live in two different corners of the world, England and United States, they are sons of the Congo on a mission. Additional to their studies, these brothers are excelling in advocating for the cause of the Congo by breaking the silence in their life’s work.

Here is what these two guys have to say to YOU!

A new segment featuring our video commentary about issues affecting the Congolese of all boards. We highly encourage you to voice your opinion on the following issues, we would love to hear from you.

How to incorporate some African sizzles into your swag!

 

Dark Girls: Preview

Posted: June 9, 2011 in General, News

 

Clips from the upcoming documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color—particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.

This film will be released in Fall/Winter 2011.

Directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry
Produced by Bill Duke for Duke Media
and D. Channsin Berry for Urban Winter Entertainment
Co-Produced by Bradinn French
Line Produced by Cheryl L. Bedford
Edited by Bradinn French

STORY IN HISTORY

Posted: June 9, 2011 in General

Author: Joe Mulumba

PART I:

Father left

Well before the war

Started and the trees turned down

Like the dust that rests in Bukavu

Well he actually kicked the bucket

The… still lingers in every room I enter

The sunny Sunday we left

Had a concerto of bombs and bullets

Adventure was calling us

Death was waiving its white flag

Bumps and holes on bloody roads

Reminded us of Congo Zaire history…