PASS in Paris: Bintou Simporé

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 keep the mics at Fondation Cartier in check throughout the proceedings. Additionally, with her Nova colleague Emilien Aumard, she will also present the Ancestral Soul of Boddhi Satva.

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Voyage musical avec Ray Lema

Tonight: Ray Lema selecting records and speaking with Bintou Simporé.   Merci Vladimir Cagnolari for the conversations on Congolese music with Ray Lema​ Thursday evening. Stories of guitarist Papy Noel and more… Check the Facebook group and Twitter pages for updates also. Read our profile of Ray Lema here.    ( continue reading

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Cinémas du Congo with Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Mwezé Ngangura & Chéri Samba

What happens when two film-makers and a painter sit down in a gallery in Paris to discuss Congolese cinema? Tune in now to know. Profiles of Jean-Pierre Bekolo and Mwezé Ngangura here and here.  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Andy Amadi Okoroafor

In his own words, Andy Amadi Okoroafor works with images. Whether for his magazine, exhibitions, fashion, film, books, or other goings-on envisioned in his ClamLab, he is known for a distinct striking style. Clam Magazine has been published since 1999 putting out two copies a year. As a director, Okoroafor’s debut feature film, Relentless, was released in 2010 and he has also created music videos for Bantu and Nneka among others. For the PASS pop-up in Paris happenings, Okoroafor will translate his imagery onto the radio-waves for a live …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Mwezé Ngangura

Born in Bukavu, Mwezé Ngangura is something of a veteran in Congolese filmmaking. His two short films, Tamtam électronique (1973) and Rhythm and Blood (1975) were made while studying in Belgium then on his return to DRC (then Zaire) he became a college lecturer and also made many television documentaries. These documentaries offer a wide angle on life in Kinshasa, including a portrait of the painter Chéri Samba. Ngangura will reunite with Chéri Samba at our PASS pop-up in Paris to discuss Congolese cinema with …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Jean-Pierre Bekolo

From lesbian vampire sci-fi flicks to alternative tips for how to mine the continent, Jean-Pierre Bekolo is a unique voice in 21st century cinema. He is the author of titles including Quartier Mozart (1992), Le complot d’Aristotle (1996), Les Saignantes (2005), and Mudimbe’s Things and Words (2015). Bekolo lives and works in Yaounde. Many of his films and more are available to watch via Bekolo’s Kino TV channel. His movements can also be followed via During the PASS pop-up in Paris, Bekolo will sit with director Mwezé …  ( continue reading

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Helmie Bellini avec Phil Hilfiker & Hilaire Penda

“Let’s go to Congo, let’s go to Congo, let’s go to Congo…” More on Helmie Bellini and her Kongo Square project here.  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris programme

Starting today, 4pm (CET). Lock into the live stream for many variations on the beautiful in the Congolese world of sounds (shout out to Achille Mbembe).   ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Moziki littéraire

A collective of writers out of Kinshasa, Moziki littéraire’s founding members are Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu, Papy Maurice Mbwiti and Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Having created a framework to dream how their homelands are portrayed and rewritten, the group have published numerous articles on Africultures (in French, here) and also performed their work on stage. In 2014, Fiston Mwanza Mujila published his debut novel Tram 83 and it has since been translated into six different languages. Last November, he also joined Bintou Simporé on her Néo Géo radio show, podcasted here. For the PASS POP-UP studio at Fondation Cartier, Moziki littéraire will present …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Lucas Silva (Palenque Records)

Palenque Records make their intentions clear: they are dedicated to Afro-Columbian music. The label was founded in 1998 by Lucas Silva (aka DJ Champeta-man) and takes its name from San Basilio de Palenque, a town in northern Columbia. Palenque’s debut compilation, Champeta Criolla, New African Music from Columbia, is cited as the first time such sounds were circulated internationally and in addition to music they release directly, they also champion sounds for other labels to put out, such as European-based labels Soundway and VampiSoul. Legendary …  ( continue reading

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