Animation by Jean Michel Kibushi presented by Congo in Harlem 4 followed by discussion with Jean Michel Kibushi and reception featuring musical performances by Alesh and Isaac Katalay
Animation by Jean Michel Kibushi
Dir. Jean Michel Kibushi, 70 min.
In French with English subtitles
Using a magical blend of drawings, cutouts, models, and claymation, Jean Michel Kibushi summons a collective vision of Congo, past and present. For his subject matter, Kibushi draws on traditional Congolese folktales, social struggle, and political history. Each film is a mini-world unto itself, sprung forth from Kibushi's brilliant imagination to celebrate Congo's rich local culture and offer socio-political critique. Due to Kibushi's focus on his work in Congo, these films have rarely been screened in the US, and we are honored to present them at Congo in Harlem.
Screening followed by discussion with Jean Michel Kibushi. Reception featuring musical performances by Alesh and Isaac Katalay
Hailing from Kisangani, and currently based in Kinshasa, Alesh is a committed rapper and rising star in Congo's hip hop scene. Alesh's debut album, Mort Dans L'ame (2010), is a hard-hitting fusion of hip-hop, rock, folk, and Ndomblo (Congolese pop), which has earned him numerous awards and recognitions. In 2011, he teamed up with Nomadic Wax to release the music video "Reveil: The Awakening". This bold song spoke truth to corruption during the 2011 presidential elections, and was subsequently banned throughout Congo. He is currently in the US to perform on the OneBeat Tour and complete his second album, African (R)evolution, with Nomadic Wax.
Born in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and now living in New York City, Isaac Katalay's music represents the blending of two worlds. For the past two decades, Isaac has worked as an ensemble musician, choreographer, dancer, and speaker. His style is a distinctive blend of contemporary and traditional Congolese dance moves and aesthetics, which he calls "contemptra". Isaac is also founder of the "Life Long Project" and co-founder of the "Karibu" movement, both of which promote Congolese music and culture in the US.
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