5 minutes read July 2, 2015 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi, DRC In the 1970s, a Congolese painter named Tshibumba Kanda Matulu began to paint a history of what was then Zaire. This history, as the anthropologist Johannes Fabian pointed out when….. Read More 0 minutes Less than a minute read May 15, 2015 Goodbye B.B. King. Here he is playing live in Kinshasa, then Zaire, 1974 Hamba kahle, B.B. King (1925-2015) Read More 3 minutes read May 13, 2013 Did Britain’s MI6 have Patrice Lumumba murdered? Africa is a Country readers may not regularly check the London Review of Books, a British literary magazine with a circulation just over 50,000–it’s meant more for Bloomsbury than Bamako….. Read More 3 minutes read October 12, 2012 “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….. Read More 4 minutes read October 1, 2010 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….. Read More 1 minute read April 30, 2010 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….. Read More 0 minutes Less than a minute read January 29, 2010 Rumble in the Jungle Revisiting the Muhammed Ali-George Foreman fight in the then-Ziare in 1975 as performance art. Tonight in Brooklyn. Read More ← Older posts ©Africa is a Country 2015 Africa is a Country Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Stream.