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Category: Democratic Republic of Congo

Friday, January 27th

sounds of Kinshasa*

Konono No. 1, live, London, 2015


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lagniappe

art beat: other day, The Guggenheim (New York)

Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944), Small Pleasures, 1913

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*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Friday, November 25th

sounds of Kinshasa*

Baloji with Konono No. 1, “Karibu Ya Bintu,” 2011


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lagniappe

reading table

One needs to keep a clear head when facing pirates in the Amazon.

—Hubert Kinski, 43-year-old Polish explorer, quoted in “‘There’s No Law on the Amazon’: River Pirates Terrorize Ships by Night,” New York Times, 11/18/16

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*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Friday, June 3rd

Mozart one day, another day this—how lucky to live in a world so various.

Konono No. 1, “Yaya Mikolo,” live, France (Saint-Nazaire), 2009

 

Monday, January 4th

more sounds of Kinshasa*

Mbongwana Star, “Malukayi” (feat. Konono No. 1), 2015


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*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Saturday, December 26th

sounds of Kinshasa*

Mbongwana Star, “Kala,” 2015


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lagniappe

musical thoughts

Birds, plants, music—one of the most astonishing things about this most astonishing world is its variousness.

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*Democratic Republic of Congo.

Monday, October 27th

Need a lift?

Konono No. 1, “Makembe”
Live (enhanced footage), France (Festival St. Nazaire), 2009

 

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lagniappe

art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (Asnières), 1887

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Wednesday, 7/11/12

sounds of the Congo

Kasai Allstars, “Kabuangoyi,” Congotronics 2: Buzz ’n’ Rumble in the Urb n’ Jungle, filmed in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), 2000

Thursday, 1/12/12

I don’t know what these folks call this stuff, but one thing I’m sure of: it ain’t “world music.”

Sobanza Mimanisa (“Orchestra of Light”), “Kiwembo,” live
Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa), c. 2005

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lagniappe

reading table

The 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers

Have you noticed that power lists, which have been spreading like the clap lately, from the Time 100 to the Forbes 500, tell you things you already know about the rich and famous and give publicity to people who already have more of it than they know what to do with? For the rest of us, here’s a power list to get 2012 going in the right direction. They’re in no particular order. (Like it really matters.)

1. Weed-delivery guys

The reason so many marijuana arrests are of black and Hispanic people is not because they smoke weed more. White New Yorkers, by the NYPD’s own numbers, have a higher per-capita rate of contraband when they’re arrested. However, white people stay safe in their apartments while colored folks deliver drugs to them. Delivering drugs puts you on the bottom of a pyramid scheme where you usually earn less than minimum wage, making you vulnerable to homicide and giving you about as much of a chance of becoming a rich kingpin as being a production assistant or a media intern gives you of becoming a celebrity. . . .

—Steven Thrasher, Village Voice, 1/11/12

Wednesday, 9/21/11

Think you can listen to these guys without moving?

Just try.

Staff Benda Bilili
Live, Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)

“Na Lingui Yo,” c. 2007

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“Polio,” c. 2007

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Singing, playing, talking, 2011

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Tuesday, 2/1/11

I can’t make up my mind about the Internet.

Does it make it possible, with simply a click, to travel anywhere in the world?

Or is it just a vast collection of electronic wallpaper?

Are these the right questions?

Baloji, “Tout Ceci Ne Vous Rendra Pas le Congo” (Hotel Impala), 2007

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lagniappe

radio

Having just completed two days of trumpeter Roy Eldridge’s music, WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University) begins a 24-hour Memorial Broadcast honoring composer Milton Babbitt, who passed away Saturday at the age of 94.

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