Reference: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cg.html http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2823.htm and http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/ United States GNI per capita is $45,000 http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/ (HDI = Human Development Index)
http://vimeo.com/31035898 Rotary International and National Geographic present "Polio" - a music video by world music sensation and Congolese polio survivors Staff Benda Bilili. http://www.rotary.org/en/MediaAndNews/PressCenter/PressReleases/Pages/100408_pr_kickpoliooutofafrica.aspx http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzCUcO_d1qI Play song Poliomyelite “Parents, please go to the vaccination center/Get your babies vaccinated against polio/Please save them from that curse”. beyond appearances’ (au-delà des apparences. Bilili = shadows, Benda = pull, over so beyond the shadows or beyond appearances. View Nalingi Yo in Kinshasa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtVZhaZp6Ng and the band at Eurockeennnes de Belfort http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ik2t6_Pieg
Music of the Congo
Presentation by Joe Fahs
Elephant & Antelope
Map of Congo
DR Congo Facts
• Full name: Democratic Republic of the Congo
• Population: 72 million (July 2011 estimate)
• Capital: Kinshasa
• Area: 2.34 million sq km (905,354 sq miles)
• Major languages: French, Lingala, Swahili, Kikongo,
• Major religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant,
Kimbanguist, Muslim, traditional
• Life expectancy: 48.4 years (UNDP)
• GDP per capita: US $290 (UNDP)
• Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 births): 199
• HDI 0.286 – 187/187 world wide
Rumba is a mix of Latin and African musical styles that came from
the island of Cuba. Congolese musicians appropriated rumba and
adapted its characteristics for their own instruments and tastes.
The song 'Lolita' from the album
'Beginner's Guide To Africa' by the
Congolese group Kekele.
"Initially a 'groupe folklorique' based in Kinshasa, largely
inspired by Mongo music and its famed vocal
polyphonies, their style quickly evolved into a
distinctively urban, modern sound. Swede Swede's big
break came when they launched the dance Sundama,
an instant hit in Kinshasa"
Watch for the Lokole a
traditional slit long drum.
Polio-endemic countries have never stopped transmission of wild poliovirus.
• India removed from list as of February 29, 2012!
Countries with re-established transmission
Countries with re-established transmission have active and persistent
poliovirus transmission of more than 12 months following an importation.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Staff Benda Bilili
Lingala to English
Benda = pull or over
Bilili = shadows
Thus beyond the shadows
or beyond appearances.
"Led by the steely-eyed Ricky, a veteran of Kinshasa’s streets with a reputation as
a tough guy and a bit of a hustler, the group plays a lilting, gentile dance music
that would seem to draw on Congolese rumba, Cuban son, and a healthy dose of
regional and ethnic musics, including songs sung in the regional Yanzi dialect."
A satonge is fashioned from a tin can, piece
of wood, and guitar string and is crafted by
street kids in Kinshasa.
'Kinshasa Symphony': An Ode
To Musical Joy In Central Africa.
An inspiring documentary that
follows the making of the only
orchestra in Central Africa. Facing
incredible odds, lack of resources,
and widespread poverty in the city
of Kinshasa, members persisted to
assemble an orchestra that
proudly represents the Congo and
a hope for the future.
The Elephant and the
"Nzoku na Mboloko bakendaki kotambola na
zamba. Ekomi bango na zamba, Nzoku
alobeli Mboloko, Awa tozali kotambola,
oyeba malamu 'te ngai moko nazali mokonzi
na nyama yonso ya zamba."
The elephant & the antilope went for a walk
in the forest. As they were walking the
elephant declared that he is the king of all
animals in the jungle.
Listen to recording
Home page images: Kekele
Kinshasa Symphony http://www.kinshasa-symphony.com , & Satonge
Congo Map: http://www.un.org/depts/Cartographic/map/profile/drcongo.pdf Go
to http://www.un.org and choose Maps under Resources
Kekele YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VKNJbacDmc
Swede Swede: http://musiques-afrique.com/frames/art_boketshu-premier.html
Swede Swede YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPOsXYh6Uzg
Polio Eradication: http://polioeradication.org
Staff Benda Bilili:
Making of Satonge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2BN6Y3xbgM
Benda Bilili in concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrePQKhr4Q4
Benda Bilili presents Polio: http://vimeo.com/31035898
Excerpt from documentary Kinshasa Symphony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?