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‘Niçoise with sweet potatoes’

What is more surprising than a mix of traditional Congolese music and European baroque music? What is more powerful than someone who makes another culture’s codes his own? “Coup Fatal”…..

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The Congolization Movement

On January 17th, a group of local artists (Pitcho Womba Konga, Fredy Massamba, Badi Banx, Caroline, Kamanda, Lety, Jack, Karim, Christian, Malkia and myself) pulled off “the Action” in L’Horloge Du Sud, better known as the Afro-European cultural spot in the center of Brussels. The date was chosen carefully to launch the “Congolization” artistic movement while remembering the assassination of Patrice Lumumba (he had murdered by a conspiracy of the Belgian and American governments along with General Mobuto). Pitcho Womba Konga, myself and all our cultural partners wanted to promote more than ever spaces where artists related to the Congolese diaspora could freely tell their side of the story.

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Interview: Baloji

New York is an amazing city, especially from a hip-hop perspective. It’s one of the few places on earth where you can see that hip-hop is part of the culture, not just something that you watch on TV. But for me – doing music that is mostly in French and not in some Congolese language that sounds exotic for Western people – it’s a difficult market. I take everything that happens here like a plus one. I’m not supposed to be here.

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Music Break. YaoBobby ft. Fredy Massamba

There’s a fast growing collection of cross-over hip hop songs produced by Central and West African artists making a living in the diaspora (especially in French-speaking hotbeds like Marseilles, Paris…..

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Music Break. Badi

Remember Brussels artist Badi (BD Banx on the Héritage project or his Beasty Boys-styled video ‘Jump’)? He keeps a nice blog too.

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'The Invader'

The dramatic opening scene of Belgian filmmaker and artist Nicolas Provost’s new feature film, “The Invader,” is set on one of the beaches of the Italian resort island Lampedusa, which…..

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Today I'll eat for Belgium

Yes, some Europeans, specifically Belgians — who else but “a fine group of web designers, web developers, communication specialists, tech, boys and girls” — came up with this idea. So…..

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The Restaurant Manager

If you missed this: Lilian Thuram, the former footballer who won a World Cup medal with France in 1998 and sometimes philosopher, was in Brussels last week to promote his…..

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Music Break

Brussels rapper Brams aka L’Insatiable (born in Cameroon) has been working on some promising collaborations lately. This one, ‘Stop Look & Listen’, with wandering hip-hop artist Juba Zaki (hailing from…..