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PASS Pop-up in Paris


From September 17 – 19 2015, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) Pop-up was installed inside the gallery of Fondation Cartier, Paris with live programming that explored the past-present-future of Congolese music cultures. This intervention was a part of the exhibition Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko.

Participating artists in the PASS Pop-UP in Paris included Ray Lema, Elikia M’bokolo, Syllart Records, Afrikaada Magazine, Baloji, Shenguen Shegue, Kongo Astronauts, Christine Eyene. Contributions will also be beamed in from New York, Montreal and Kinshasa by the writers collective Moziki littéraire, from Lubumbashi by Centre d’Art Picha, and from Bogota by Afro-Columbian music pioneers Palenque Records.

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Kongo Music, African Pop Music with Binetou Sylla

C’est soir: Binetou Sylla avec the producer Charles Tabu, singer Lodia H2O, and Charlotte Kalala. Discussing Koffi Olomide and and and… Final hour live of PASS Pop-Up in Paris. Lock in for the finale. Still time to ndombolo. Friday featured a stack of Syllart records and some with Binetou Sylla guiding us from Paris-Kinshasa-Baranquilla with Yondo Syster from Soukous Star, guitarist Dally Kimoko and DJ Yannick Do. Thursday’s focus: Congolese rumba. History lessons avec Nico, Franco, Tabu Ley and co. DJ, broadcaster, label-boss Binetou Sylla …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Syllart Records

Established in 1978 by Senegalese producer Ibrahima Sory Sylla, Syllart Records is an independent label who cover a range of styles, primarily focused on music made in west Africa. Artists include Miriam Makeba, Franco, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Orchestra Baobab, Orchestre Poly-Rhytmo de Contonou, Salif Keita, Ismael Lo, and the catalogue of fabled label Editions Syliphone Conakry. For our PASS Pop-UP in Paris we welcome producer, DJ and Syllart label-boss Binetou Sylla.      ( continue reading

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Boddhi Satva DJ set

Ancestral Soul selections plus deep house introductions with Émilien Aumard and Bintou Simporé of Radio Nova. Next up: more from Afrikadaa.  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Boddhi Satva

“Ancestral is a word used by many but it’s not something that I created just to sound cool. It is really connected to a higher level of consciousness and spirituality.” Armani Kombot-Naguemon (better known as Boddhi Satva) told Andy Thomas for SHOOK magazine back in 2009. Boddhi Satva’s distinctive music, catalogued as Ancestral Soul, fuses spiritual vibes with central African rhythms (listen close and you’ll hear the rumba in the 4-4).  Often on a deep house tip, his productions and DJing …  ( continue reading

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Moziki na Quartier

Chronicles from the Moziki littéraire collective. Featuring Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu, Papy Maurice Mbwiti and Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Today’s focus: 50 years after Congo’s independence. More on the crew from Kinshasa here.  ( continue reading

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Kongofuturisme: Mega Mingiedi, Kongo Astronauts, Bebson de la Rue and Trionyx

Kinshasa-Paris-other worlds… Dominque Malaquais on Mega Mingiedi: “How, precisely, to characterise Mingiedi’s production is a conundrum. A discombobulating mix of graphic poetry, collage, architectural drawing and cartography – part sketch, part comic strip, and part lovingly detailed account of over-arching urban vistas and tiny street-corner details – it defies categories.” (from African Cities Reader II) Artwork: Kin Délestage by Mega Mingiedi. Read Kongo Astronauts profile here.  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Kongo Astronauts

Invented in 2013, Kinshasa-based crew, Kongo Astronauts imaginatively step through visual concepts, sounds, texts, space and time. Their urban or rural landings explore the sparcity of terrains along with postcolonial realities and dilemmas. Whether at Zongo Falls, the streets of Kin la Belle, or in music videos by Konono No.1 or Baloji, Kongo Astronauts as SPARCK say: “cannot be pinned down as art, [they] cannot be policed by an art world intimately linked to the structures of power that govern us.” …  ( continue reading

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Schengen Shegue

Multidisciplinary mini-concert-lecture with Studios Kabako connections. Beats, rhymes, song, dance, a lot! More on Schengen Shegue with Dinozord, David Bovée, Jolie Ngemi and Pitcho performing here.  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Bintou Simporé

  Bintou Simporé is a radio maestro. A brief roll call of artists who’ve guested on her weekly Néo Géo show on Radio Nova: Fantasma, Habib Koité, Jose James, Julia Sarr, Keziah Jones, Mbongwana Star, Meshell Ndegeocello, Nneka, Ray Lema, Tony Allen… and that’s just in the past two years. Listen through her podcasts for a fuller picture. Digging deeper, her Nova archives also feature gems such a special recorded in 1989 with Miriam Makeba. For PASS in Paris we welcome Bintou to …  ( continue reading

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