AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Democratic Republic of Congo

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Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Christmas Day*

UPDATED: So there you have it. After 120 minutes and a great goal by Mario Goetze (whose name will now be part of German lore like Gert Muller and Andreas Brehme), Germany are World champions. It’s been a magical month. But it is also basically the last time (till the next World Cup in four years)

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

‘In Search of Freedom’ (in the Democratic Republic of Congo)

“in SEARCH of FREEDOM” is a monthly video journal filmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, offering a glimpse of my quest in the motherland with other afro-european artists such as Badi and Monique Mbeka Phoba. EDITION...

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...

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Belafonte and Scorsese plan TV series on Leopold II’s Brutal Rule in Congo

By now, a lot has been written on the history of Belgian King Leopold II’s deadly reign over his own private colony, Congo Free State from 1885-1908 (after which it became a formal Belgian colony and was...

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Chief Boima interviews … Alec Lomami

This summer I’ve been hired as a freelancer for Iggy, MTV’s global music website. The site is aimed at young people to introduce them to the idea that pop music is a global phenomenon (if today’s tech...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

VICE and the “new journalism model”*

The business of journalism as we know is in trouble and there's a scramble for a "new journalism model,” with VICE.com held up as the latest prototype (see here, here and here). I am not so...

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Ben Affleck makes the DRC cool again

The New York Times, in its infinite wisdom (it comes with being The New York Times), decided that one of the paper’s reporters, one Brooks Barnes, should write what amounts to a fluff piece (it’s not actual...

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Photographing Afcon 2013 in Yeoville, Johannesburg

On a recent trip to Johannesburg (which is in Gauteng Province), a couple of friends decided to invade a Congolese restaurant in Yeoville; Kin Malebo on 31 Raleigh Street in Yeoville. The game was between DR Congo...

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

NBA player Serge Ibaka has no country

Last year we pointed to the fact that sports commentators, statisticians and journalists can’t distinguish the Democratic Republic of Congo (the DRC) from its neighbor the Republic of Congo every time they talk about NBA basketball player...

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Music Break / J Martins and Fally Ipupa

Nigeria and Congo. From 2010. J Martins featuring Fally Ipupa. It’s a remix. The latter owns the track. If you don’t want to wait, fast forward to the 1:49 mark.

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Tintin in Congo

Earlier this year, the Congolese government declared European development commissioner Karel De Gucht persona non grata because of comments he made to the European Parliament, stating that the weakness of the Congolese state meant that EU aid...

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Do you know Omar al Bashir?

I recently ask students in a graduate class I teach on ‘media, culture and international affairs’ to do an experiment: take a camera, go outside (really downstairs on the New School ‘campus’) and test people’s knowledge of...

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Cédric Gerbehaye’s Congo

You probably know Belgian photographer Cedric Gerbehaye from his portrait of Laurent Nkunda. That 2007 picture was part of a broader story on Eastern Congo. Gerbehaye is a frequent visitor to the Congo. Many of the resulting...

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra

The trailer for the documentary, “Kinshasa Symphony,” about the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra and Chior. The orchestra, named for a Congolese resistance leader, is based in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital. The film, co-directed by Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer, premieres...

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

AL JAZEERA / RAPE AS WEAPON IN DR CONGO

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Monday, October 5th, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY / SARAH ELLIOT

A young boy gets a haircut in a refugee camp in Eastern Congo. Her most recent work has focused on Kenyan communities. Link.

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

EVENTS IN NEW YORK CITY / CONGO IN HARLEM

Starting tonight through October 24th, the excellent Maysles Institute in Harlem is showing films about the Democratic Republic of Congo for the next three and a half weeks. Films like “Soul Power,” Raoul Peck’s “Lumumba,” Mweze Ngangura’s...

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

“THE ANGEL OF BUKAVU”

Most of the time I complain about Western media coverage of African subjects, with white people (usually humanitarian workers, rich people or actresses) usually saving us.  But when things pan out differently, I’ll be the first to...

Monday, August 31st, 2009

FORMER BUSH OFFICIAL: “MOVE AFRICOM FROM GERMANY TO LIBERIA”

Jendayi Frazer, who was George W Bush’s assistant secretary of state for African affairs from 2005-2009, has an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, going on about “four things” the Obama Administration can do to help...

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

HILLARY CLINTON’S AFRICAN SPIN

Link to a nice graphic in “The Christian Science Monitor” summarizing the key terms of Hillary Clinton-speak on her recent seven-nation African tour.

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

AT LEAST THINGS WERE STABLE UNDER MOBUTU

In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, conservative columnist Michael O’Hanlon goes on about a permanent US military presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (this in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s visit to Eastern...

Monday, August 10th, 2009

HILLARY CLINTON BUSTS A MOVE

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s seven-country tour of Africa is going swimmingly–no protesters; like her boss, President Barack Obama, she can get away with platitudes about corruption and democracy; South Africa, whose former President Thabo Mbeki,...