Archive for May, 2012

Posted: May 2, 2012 in Advice, General

We believe the solutions to Congo’s problems come from those living within them.

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Sexion D’assaut – Africain

Posted: May 2, 2012 in Music, Videos

For this month’s musical selection, I couldn’t get myself to pick just one song. I know I know but the decision was a tough one, trust me. 

The first selection is a song that was sent to me on Facebook by a friend, it was love at first hear, yeah you heard me right. The lyrics did it for me and the instrumental is just so groovy. Unfortunately my english speaking audience might feel a little out of the loop with this one, but I encourage you to look for a translation on google or something.  

Nothing else needs to be said, ENJOY!! Moi j’trop kiffe! 

Sketch of the Week

Posted: May 2, 2012 in General, Random

Juste Pour Rire

Posted: May 2, 2012 in General, Random, Uncategorized
 
On jette une pierre dans la rivière ;
–          le blanc entend : plouf
–          le congolais entend : tshoubou
On frappe à la porte ;
–          le blanc entend : toc toc toc
–          le congolais entend : ko ko ko
On éternue ;
–          le blanc entend : atchoum !
–          le congolais : intshieee !
Le moustique passe ;
–          le blanc entend : zzzzzzzzzz
–          le congolais : nzzzuiiiiiii
On ferme un cadenas ;
–          le blanc entend : clic clac
–          le congolais : kreketshe
LE MËME BRUIT, EST-IL ENTENDU DIFFEREMMENT SELON LA RACE? 
 

SpotLight

Posted: May 2, 2012 in General, News

Founded in 2000 by Petna, Sekombi and Katya Katondolo, Yole! Africa offers arts education, training, and mentoring to youth in eastern DRC.  Drawing the name from the cry used by central African shepards to gather their herds, the artists began Yole! Africa as a way to promote peace and reconciliation through arts and culture.

Yolé!Africa operates a cultural center in Goma which serves as a forum for young people from different backgrounds to come together and express themselves through art, sport, and other media.  The organization provides mentorship and artistic expertise for youth sharing their experiences, opinions, and views on peace and conflict through weekly music, dance and exhibitions at the center.

Yole!Africa also organizes The Salaam Kivu International Film Festival (SKIFF), “A cultural festival at the foot of the volcano”. The signature annual event and a vivid reflection of the rich artistic community and culture of eastern Congo, the 10-day festival highlights African filmmakers through public screenings and conversations, and promotes artist exchange across the central African region through workshops, concerts and performances. In the past two years, SKIFF has attracted more than 16,000 people including filmmakers, musicians and dancers from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Brazil and the US.
In 2009, Yole!Africa worked with over 500 community youth on art, dance and music projects, with community performances attracting thousands of local residents.

In 2010, Yole!Africa received a $30,000 grant from ECI to train young, talented Congolese in the production of short films and audio pieces, and enable powerful storytelling that forces western audiences to reconsider negative stereotypes of Africa and Congo.

 

Posted: May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

The second musical selection for this month is Emeli Sandé’s Read all about it part III. I’ve just recently discovered Sandé and she is fast becoming one of my favorite English artist. I dunno, something about her musical style and may be hairstyle that I can’t help but find  intriguing. Her debut album titled  “Our Version Of Events” was realeased early last month and should be made available in the States this month if i’m not mistaken.

I selected Read All About It because of the perfect union that it forms with the subject matter dealt with in this blog. ENJoy and I encourage you to check out some of her materials 😉

SpotLight

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Falling Whistles gives a small window into our world’s largest war. Originally just a journal written about boys sent to the frontlines of war armed with only a whistle, readers forwarded it with the same kind of urgency in which it was written and demanded to know –

what can we do?

The Falling Whistles campaign launched with a simple response – make their weapon your voice and be a whistleblower for peace in Congo. Read the story and buy the whistle. Together we partner with local leaders to advocate and rehabilitate for those affected by war. Share their story and speak up for them.

Together, we’ll become the voice of a growing coalition for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Official Webpage : http://www.fallingwhistles.com