April 16th, 2014

ourafrica:

Kinshasa the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo is no ordinary city and at first seems an unlikely place to have an orchestra of two hundred musicians playing to Beethoven Ninth –Freude schöner Götterfunken. “Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguisteisthe only symphony orchestra in the Congo has been in existence for 15 yrs. Riddled often with power strikes, even on performance nights, seems the least of the worries of this symphony. Kinshasa Symphony directed by Martin Baer, Claus Wischmann is a study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavour: a symphony. The film is about the Congo, the people in Kinshasa and the power of music.

The film closely follows a few of the band members and gives a view of their personal lives, how they make a living and struggle to make it to almost daily practices. We get to see the symphony overcome odds as they prepare for an open concert with thousands attending.

The DRC does not stop with these classical musicians all self taught amateurs or trained by other musicians unfamiliar in classical training with instruments like the cello, cello bass or violin. Kinshasa continues to stand out with its remarkable musicians forming this indie breed of rudimentary collectives that play with scrap yard instruments yet seem to stand on stages from Brooklyn to Paris. Other bands I should make note of are : Konono Nº1 who collaborated with Bjork on the song earth intruders and more recently with Herbie Hancock and Baloji. Also take note of Kasai All Stars.

Kinshasa Symphony has made its rounds in the theatre circuit and is available on DVD. Its playing as part of the featured screenings  next week, in New York’s College music festival CMJ.

Here is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_vTk0XsgZV4

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dynamicafrica:

"Bloom": VLISCO’s Spring 2014 Lookbook.

In their latest Spring 2014 lookbook, Vlisco, the Dutch Wax clothing and textile brand with a strong presence in West and Central Africa, reinterprets florals with their appropriately titled ‘Bloom’ collection.

cmykaffir:

This is my good friend Siki Msuseni. I couldn’t resist grabbing these pics from her blog coz they’re simply amazing. 

She’s a hard-worker, quirky, and a visionary.

https://twitter.com/SikiMsuseni | http://sikidesign.blogspot.com/

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April 13th, 2014

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April 8th, 2014
lord-quasimoto:

fl0r-de-oro:

supergeeked:

exiledsojourner:

preciseflaw:
Man.. if this isn’t a powerful image I don’t know what is..

Damn. This hits hard though.

N

what you see on TV is what they want you to be 

lord-quasimoto:

fl0r-de-oro:

supergeeked:

exiledsojourner:

preciseflaw:

Man.. if this isn’t a powerful image I don’t know what is..

Damn. This hits hard though.

N

what you see on TV is what they want you to be 

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April 2nd, 2014
You must learn her.

You must know the reason why she is silent. You must trace her weakest spots. You must write to her. You must remind her that you are there. You must know how long it takes for her to give up. You must be there to hold her when she is about to.

You must love her because many have tried and failed. And she wants to know that she is worthy to be loved, that she is worthy to be kept.

And, this is how you keep her.
Junot Diaz- This is How you Lose Her (via theworldismyplayground001)

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I’ll fight for you, but I will not compete for you. There’s a difference.

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oh gosh. this!!!

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mmm truer words could not have been spoken. yes. 

mmhhmmm

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March 11th, 2014

Nigerians are the best artists on the planet, taking side tables to another level #vsco #vscocam

I want!!!

Nigerians are the best artists on the planet, taking side tables to another level #vsco #vscocam

I want!!!

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March 10th, 2014
I’m very willing to follow my imagination where it wants to go, rather than dragging it around behind me or unleashing it and teaching it to sit and roll over.
Taiye Selasi (via livin-inmylife)

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March 3rd, 2014

beautiful

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February 28th, 2014
divineamore:

Keep dancing!! ;)

divineamore:

Keep dancing!! ;)

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