Concert NYANGOMBE

Nyangombe Band © Nyangombe Band
NYANGOMBE is playing at the festival Latitude. Their tracks of choice are inspired by reflecting Kinshasa through music. The lyrics are playing with words in Lingala, French and English, to share with us images of love, race, womanhood, war-ecology and power struggle.

Before the concert starts, the short film “Catégorie intermédiaire” (3 Minutes, 2018) by singer Rachel Nyangombe will be shown. This is what she says about her film:
“A text inspired by a conversation. A testimony image by image of everyday racism, stereotypes and freedom of expression. The text is made from street conversations I had collected. I took one by one the sentences from a young man speaking in this typical Kinshasa way, telling things with strong images and myth. In a way it feels important to be able to catch and show these thoughts which are interesting to debate about with people. It’s impossible to like everything, in French we say ‘les goûts et les couleurs!’ I don't moralise, I just testify.”

At the concert Nyangombe is playing the following songs:

Yesterday.
Being dependent on someone's house, in a part of the city unknown to me. Being called ‘Chinese’ on the street. Struggling to be used as a domestic because of being a woman. Think about walking free. Walking home. My home was home.

Baby.
Ujana means youth in Swahili. In Kinshasa we use it to name very young ladies dating old daddies. When watching them while dancing, I actually see how they handle it. Dancing with purpose. Kobina na nko.

Yoka makambu ya Kinshasa.
A list of problems in Kinshasa. Darkness, gossips, crooks..
The elders, the older sisters and brothers (in lingala, ba Yaya) having the knowledge to see through. Solution and approval of the ancestors.

Petit Dejeuner.
One song, three languages, not mastered. Singing in those three for my disconnected love, desiring to share breakfast with. Asking to see my lover face.

Zamba.
They used to sell the forest. Leaving kids to give birth to kids. They abandoned the forest to be in the global north (mikili). Scattering. The Forest in anger, animals as soldiers. Soldiers behaving like animals. Selling their souls for other’s goods. War in the DRC.

(by Rachel Nyangombe)

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