Referees are known to ruin games waving red cards. An early red card in the game between Ghana and Mali may have made this a classic. Instead the match competed with the empty rafters for attention. Both teams played nervous, uninspiring football. Futbologists may describe this as “Democratic Republic of Congo effect” or “Dieumerci dizziness.” […]
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.
Last week the Congolese film “Viva Riva” won “The Best African Movie“* award at the MTV Movie Awards. That’s the kind of publicity African films can’t buy and should count for something when the film opens in New York City, Los Angeles and Portland (OR) this weekend. (It is calculated that foreign films make up […]
Tom DeVriendt “Lobi” is a Lingala word meaning both ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’. Nine young film makers/artists* looked into this yesterday and tomorrow. Drowned in much noise Congo’s Cinquantenaire celebrations passed as fast as they came. In Lobi (hier/demain) the film makers also look at these celebrations – sideways. Convinced that a “direct dialogue” is long-overdue […]