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'Beauté Congo' Retrospective Showcases 90 Years Of Congolese Art

A new exhibition in Paris showcases the history and evolution of Congolese visual art over a ninety-year span.

All images courtesy of Fondation Cartier


Beauté Congo - 1926-2015 - Congo Kitoko is a new exhibition showcasing the history and evolution of Congolese visual art over a ninety-year span. Currently on display at Paris' Fondation Cartier, the retrospective traces the wealth of the region's artistic productions from the 1920s to present day through painting, photography, sculpture, music, film, comics and performance art.

The exhibit, curated by Andre Magnin, features over three hundred works by contemporary Congolese (and two Angolan-born) artists, including photographers Sammy Baloji, Ambroise Ngaimoko and Jean Depara, landscape artists Mega Mingiedi Tunga and Jean-Bosco Kamba, sculptors Bodys Isek Kingelez and Rigobert Nimi, and "popular painters" Moke, Chéri Samba, JP Mika, and Chéri Chérin among others.

Beauté Congo also delves into the history of the DRC's popular music with an audiovisual excursion through the "golden age of Congolese rumba" during the '60s and '70s. Visitors will be able to experience the sounds of pioneering soukous artists such as Tabu Ley Rochereau, Papa Wemba, Franco Luambo and his OK Jazz orchestra, and the "Queen of Congolese rumba," M'bilia Bel, alongside specific works on display. A never-before-seen music documentary on Kinshasa's music scene in the sixties, titled Ndule Ya Kala, will also be screening during the exhibit.

Click through the gallery above for a preview of works on display in the retrospective.

Beauté Congo - 1926-2015 - Congo Kitoko is on view at Fondation Cartier in Paris through November 15th.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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