Thursday, January 12, 2012

War Songs From Congo

"War has shaped all their life. They were less than few years old when genocide in Rwanda happened causing millions of refugees fleeing into their homeland: South and North Kivu. Causing instability in the region, humanitarian crisis, genocide and in the end, as a result: domestic war. Nowadays they are teenagers, or in their mid-twenties and they recall that time as their first and worst memories ever. What they remember from the period later was not much better.

Usually they don’t have a say. The cliché gives them no other option: they are seen as victims, killers or freaks. They live in one of the most dangerous and dreadful places in the world: in Kivus in East Democratic Republic of Congo, where war lasted for two decades. Young hip-hop, rap and RnB musicians (Dangerous, Young Boys, B2K, Kashmal, Lille Cent, Peace Life, Victory and many others) want to rebuild their life."

First found here.


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