Par CAS-INFO La mort par balle, de Fréderic-Marcus Kambale, jeune militant du mouvement citoyen lutte pour le changement, ce jeudi 21 mai, à Beni, a créé une forte polémique à Kinshasa. Choqués par cette triste nouvelle, les États-Unis d’Amérique n’ont pas tardé à appeler les autorités congolaises à ouvrir une enquête sérieuse en vue d’établir […]Mort de Fréderic-Marcus Kambale, militant de la Lucha à Beni : les États-Unis réclament une enquête pour ‘’établir les responsabilités’’ — Congolese Action Youth Platform
[Ngumu] Lufu Lwa Muhammad Ali
The whole world has heard the sad news early this morning. Muhammad Ali was a great champion and a true legend who stood by his words. He paid the price for it but maybe that is why is also respected so much. He fought all his life and perhaps his hardest fights were off the ring, against the government for his decision not to go to Vietnam to fight and also for his faith. He received much criticism for his conversion to Islam. But the greatest fight must have been the one against Parkinson. He fought long and well. Muhammad Ali will remain has a piece of Congolese heritage. May he rest in peace.
Rumble in the Jungle, Kinshasa, Zaïre, 1974, full fight
Foreman’s Interview about the fight
George Foreman at the time wasn’t really liked by the Congolese people because he didn’t know of the history. If he did, he would have made sure not to bring his german sheppard. Those dogs were used by the Belgian police during the colonization and they were not used only to intimidate if you know what I mean. This faux-pas ruined his image.
The documentary Soul Power covers the music festival that was organized in parallel of the fight. Because Foreman hurt himself, they had to postpone the fight by one month. The story says Mobutu confiscated the passports and forced the people to stay in Zaïre to make sure the fight would actually take place. He, of course, used this historical event to further his political plans.
Anyima wenda ikisha mu bupole.
Kinshasa : 30 nouveaux robots régulateurs de la circulation routière bientôt déployés
Congolese Action Youth Platform
Trente nouveaux robots régulateurs de la circulation routière vont être déployés à Kinshasa. Selon Thérèse Iza Kirongozi, conceptrice de ces machines, un premier lot est déjà opérationnel depuis lundi 2 mars, notamment à Kintambo magasin, sur l’avenue 24 Novembre et sur le rond-point victoire. Selon Mme Iza Kirongozi, ces
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Fausse Commune des manifestants tués le 19, 20 Janvier? Dementi d’Evariste Boshab
Dramatique. J’espère que toute la lumière sera faite…
[Today in History] January 22nd
[Bindìdìmbì] Rien que la vérité
Directing: Benjamin OLANDER & Tomas APODACA
Full crédits on Official Website
Film promoting AIDS prevention
[Documentary] Jupiter’s Dance (2006)
This is a must see documentary featuring Jupiter Bokonji and his group Okwess International but also other very talented artists from Kinshasa working their way through. I actually bought the DVD years back and it came with a music CD of all Okwess’ songs heard in the documentary. Jupiter Bokonji is one of the artists who bring Kasayi culture upfront, in his own way, and I must say his music is super good. I totally agree when he says Congolese people don’t know the well of talent present in Kongo. It’s so true. We’ve have only scratched the surface!!!
[Today in History] October 30th
[Today in History] June 30th
1960 – Belgian Congo declares independence from Belgium and becomes the Republic of Congo
1964 – Last UN troops leave Congo
1966 – Léopoldville is renamed Kinshasa
1960 – Joseph Ilunga Kankolongo aka Lelimba wa Kutshila, lead singer of traditional music band of Kasayi Bayuda du Congo, is born in Kananga, West Kasayi
[Documentary] Qui a volé l’épée?
JT Lingala Facile
At Least 15 Dead In Congo Soccer Stadium Stampede
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A stampede at a soccer stadium in Congo’s capital on Sunday killed at least 15 people and injured more than a dozen, government officials said.
The stampede at the Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa happened toward the end of a match between two popular Congolese teams, AS Vita Club and TP Mazembe, according to a statement from the Interior Ministry read on national television late Sunday.
At least 21 people were injured during the melee, said Gov. Andre Kimbuta, who has set up a commission to investigate the incident.
Witnesses told U.N.-backed Radio Okapi that police fired tear gas into the crowd after angry fans threw objects onto the field in the final minutes of the match on the last day of the league season. The home team, AS Vita, was losing 1-0.
The stampede then caused a recently restored wall and gate to collapse, African…
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