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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

‘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” (currently on tour in Italy and Germany) is a collaboration between the Congolese baroque singer, Serge Kakudji, the Belgian choreographer, Alain Platel and the Belgian jazz

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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...

Friday, May 11th, 2012

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...

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

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 or Brussels), lyrically reaching back to the...

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

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.

Friday, October 7th, 2011

‘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 has become a primary European entry point for...

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

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 if someone asks you why you need...

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Music Break / Lokua Kanza

The music video for “Nakozonga” by Congolese musician Lokua Kanza.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

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 anti-racism campaign. While having lunch at a...

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

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 Crown Heights, Brooklyn) being a case in...

Monday, April 4th, 2011

‘Making Rwanda a more tragic place than it needs to be’

Stephen Smith in The London Review of Books: I am not arguing that we should all know everything there is to know about Rwanda. My point is that we don’t seem to want to know what happened...

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Music Break

I like this video for Sayon Bamba’s song ‘L’excisée’ (from her album Dougna). Born in Guinea she resides in Brussels these days. A message doesn’t come much clearer than this.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Bwana Kitoko

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Hélène Amouzou

Hélène Amouzou was born in Togo but has been living and working in Brussels for a while now. Some years ago, she took up photography. The results are self-portraits taken “mostly in her attic”.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Bruxelles, Ma Belle

I know we usually do music on Mondays and Fridays but some things just have to be shared. From Belgian rappers 13HOR and Daddy-K comes an ode to Brussels, a remix of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ ode...

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Review: ‘Héritage Congo’

Guest Blogger, Tom DeVriendt Pitcho Womba Konga hails from Congo but moved to Belgium at the age of seven. As an artist he is a co-founder of Skinfama, a Brussels-based collective instigating urban hip-hop culture. You might...

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Brussels is Africa

Our man in Brussels, Tom de Vriendt, sent on information on some Africa-themed exhibitions on this summer (till the end of August) in that city. It’s all part of “The Summer of Photography,” which the organizers describe...