Entertainment Congolese Connections: the musical selection of "World Africa" ​​# 25

01:45  29 october  2020
01:45  29 october  2020 Source:   lemonde.fr

Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried and More Mean Girls Stars Join Forces for a Fetch Reunion

  Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried and More Mean Girls Stars Join Forces for a Fetch Reunion Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and many others got together for one fetch Mean Girls reunion. See what the cast had to say about the iconic film.To celebrate Mean Girls Day on Saturday, Oct. 3 (yes, that's a thing!), the cast of the 2004 hit movie joined forces to talk about everything from behind-the-scenes moments to urging people to vote in the presidential election on Nov. 3.

Congolese music star Aurlus Mabélé has died in hospital in France's capital Paris, aged 67. Posts on social media from friends and relatives say he died of coronavirus With more than 10 million albums sold over a 30-years of musical career, Aurlus Mabélé took soukous beyond Africa , around the world .

From terrific music to an obsession with mayonnaise, Democratic Republic of Congo has much to offer. The uranium used in the Manhattan Project, the top secret mission that led to the construction of the atomic bomb in World War II, came from the Shinkolobwe Mine in Katanga province.

Originally from the DRC, rapper Badi, singer Pierre Kwenders and model Lous and The Yakuza break boundaries and standards, each in their own style.

Every Wednesday, Le Monde Afrique presents three new musical products from or inspired by the continent. This week, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is indirectly in the spotlight, through artists living in Belgium and Canada, and collaborating with musicians from the Central African Republic, France and Spain.

"Bad atmosphere", by Badi & Boddhi Satva

Born in Brussels to Congolese parents, Badibanga Ndeka alias "Badi", 39, calls himself "Belgian". No wonder, then, that his album Trouble Fête, in collaboration with the DJ of Central African origin Boddhi Satva, is at the crossroads of several continents. Evidenced by the clip of Mauvais Ambiance, full of references - the painter René Magritte, the assassinated Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, the rapper Childish Gambino, author of the hit This Is America… “This is Belgica, land of beer and the NVA, severed hands and cervelas, ”recalls Badi. Trouble Fête is released this Friday, October 30.

Tariq Zaidi photographed a world-famous Congolese style tradition that's changing with the times

  Tariq Zaidi photographed a world-famous Congolese style tradition that's changing with the times Often referred to as "dandies" of the Congo, "sapeurs" and "sapeuses" are men, women and children whose sharp and stylish way of dressing has caught the world's attention. Photographer Tariq Zaidi writes about his own experiences immortalizing some of the followers of "La Sape."Between 2017 and 2019, I traveled to Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to meet whole families of sapeurs, including female "sapeuses" and mini "sapes" in training.

Africa south of the Sahara: Selected internet resources about the Democratic Republic of Congo . Africa Inter Mennonite Mission "Organized as the Congo Inland Mission in 1912, AIMM currently has missionaries in six areas of Africa working among various ethnic and language groups."

Fuelled by couscous these famous merchant nomads once linked the Mediterranean World with Sub-Saharan Africa . Fought against Roman, Arab, and French empires and now battle for recognition in their own countries. They call themselves Amazigh; we know them as the Berbers of North Africa .

"Ego", by Pierre Kwenders & Clément Bazin

"I like to defy standards", says Pierre Kwenders. All you need to do is watch the clip of Ego, which shatters gender codes. Born in Kinshasa in 1985 and living in Montreal since 2001, Pierre Kwenders joined forces with the French Clément Bazin, specialist in steel pan (a metal drum from Trinidad and Tobago), to propose in their EP Classe Tendresse, released on October 23, four tracks (plus two remixes) eyeing electro. “We have managed to unite our two worlds in a single galaxy,” summarizes the singer.

"Amigo", by Lous and The Yakuza

Back to Belgium, where Lous and The Yakuza released on October 16 Gore, a first album between soul and hip-hop. Of Rwandan mother and Congolese father, the singer and model was born Marie-Pierra Kakoma in 1996 in Lubumbashi. “I want to be an example of a black woman who has succeeded on her own, against all odds,” she says. It was a success, as Amigo’s music video, released on September 18, has already garnered nearly 700,000 views on YouTube. To make this opus, Lous called on the Spanish producer El Guincho, who joined his "Yakuza" team for the occasion.

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DRC: Tshisekedi continues his consultations under pressure from civil society .
© Tchandrou Nitanga / AFP Félix Tshisekedi. The Congolese president is still exploring his options, it is still said in his entourage. Continuing his consultations to seek a new majority and shed the influence of his predecessor Joseph Kabila, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi received Jean-Pierre Bemba, president of the MLC, on Wednesday (November 4th). As the negotiations come to day four, civil society demands that they not be just a piece of the cake.

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