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“To Bring the Beat Home”: Soul Power in Kinshasa

The opening scene: Soul Brother No. 1 dressed in a skin tight matador-cum-gimp suit, drop-kicking the mic, screeching, roaring, galvanising a Congolese crowd into pure hysteria, while chanting ‘I’m black…..

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Truth Will Out

While we were on vacation this past summer, something big happened. Many of you no doubt have heard by now of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for…..

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Independence Cha Cha Cha

@Boima (at Ghetto Bassquake) posted a music video (via Sonja Uwimana) by the Congolese artist Baloji, “… the greatest music video maker in the world right now.” Baloji is doing…..

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Rumble in the Jungle

Revisiting the Muhammed Ali-George Foreman fight in the then-Ziare in 1975 as performance art. Tonight in Brooklyn.

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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…..