[Bindìdìmbì] La vie continue 2 – Le passage clouté

Titre: La vie continue 2 – Le passage clouté
Director: Carlos Kalonji
Duration: 6’55”
Production: Studio Malembe Maa
Year: 2014

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[Today in History] December 31st

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1962 – United Nations forces State of Katanga to cease fire, surrender and re-intergrate the Republic of Congo

BIRTHDAYS

1985 – Mulota Patou Kabangu, football player, is born in Mbuji-Mayi, Kasayi

[Today in History] December 30th

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CONGO
2013 – an organized group, led by Joseph Mukungubila Mutombo a self-proclaimed prophet, attacked simultaneously the National TV station RTNC and Njili Airport in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Kindu

BIRTHDAYS
1955 – Dindo Yogo, Congolese musician (d. 2000)
1956 – Samba wa Mbimba N’zingo Nuni Masi Ndo Mbasi aka Chéri Samba, internationally recognized painter, is born in Kinto M’Vuila
1980 – Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Double NBA champion with the L.A. Lakers, is born in Kinshasa

2014 in review | Thanks for following me! Merci de me suivre!

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[Today in History] December 29th

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1960 – Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, founder and leader of Union of Congolese Patriots and first war criminal convicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), is born in Djiba, Ituri Province.

”Sura Yako” by Sauti Sol

Great song that I listen to non-stop by the Kenyan group Sauti Sol, who won Best African Act at the 2014 MTV EMAs. This was last summer hit in Kenya with many vidz of people trying to do the lipala dance (find the link at the end of the post). This song will get you jumping on your feet. You can hear the “congolese guitar” in the background but the song style is totally Kenyan. I should make a post about Congolese guitar style… Anyways, back to the song. The lyrics are pretty nice too, for what I understand. Kenyan Kiswahili, or ‘Kiswahili bora’ as we call it in Congo, is a bit different, with more Arabic and more English into it. Maybe there are also some slang words or colloquial expressions that I don’t really get (I put a question mark where I’m not sure. Feel free to post comments for your translation). Basically, the guy explains to the girl he chose to marry all the reasons why he loves her and why she shouldn’t love anybody else but him. ‘Sura yako muzuri mama’ will be stuck in your head for a while after one listen. It means ‘Girl, you look fine’… All is said… Enjoy! 🙂

Title: Sura Yako (Your looks)
Artist: Sauti Sol
Album: Live And Die in Afrika
Year: 2014
Directed by Enos Olik

Nimekuchagua wewe, nikupende (I chose you, I love you)
Mama, sitaki mwingine (Girl, I don’t want any other)
Aushi usiniache, usinitende (Never leave my side)
Mama, usipende mwingine (Girl, don’t love any other)

Moyo wangu ni mwepesi (My heart is beating hard)
Umenikalia chapati (You control me*)
Nafanya vituko kama chizi (My jokes are cheesy)
Kukupenda sitasizi (I’ll never stop loving you)
Moyo wangu ni mwepesi
Umenikalia chapati
Nafanya vituko kama chizi
Kukupenda sitasizi

Sura yako muzuri mama aaah (You are beautiful, girl)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah (And your smile is like flowers)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Sura yako muzuri mama aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama

Itabidi nikulinde, nikutunze (I had to watch over you, I cared for you)
Mama, usikose lolote (Don’t be mistaken, girl)
Pete nayo nikuvishe, nikuoe (I put the ring on your finger, I married you)
Mama, usiende popote (Don’t go anywhere, girl)

Juu moyo wangu ushakubali (My heart already loves you)
Umenikalia chapati
Nitakulinda kama polisi eh (I will protect you like the police)
Itabidi nikumarry (I had to marry you?)
Moyo wangu ushakubali
Umenikalia chapati
Nitakulinda kama polisi eh
Itabidi nikumarry

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Polycarp Otieno, Delvin Mudigi, Willis Chimano and Bien-Aimé Baraza

Na sura yako muzuri mama aaah (And your face is beautiful, girl)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na figure yako kama ya chupa ?
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na sura yako muzuri mama aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama

Piga densi kidogo, piga densi, piga densi kidogo (Dance a little!)
Densi kidogo, piga densi, piga densi kidogo
Densi kidogo, piga densi, piga densi kidogo
Densi kidogo

Sura yako muzuri mama aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Na tabasamu lako maua aaah
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Sura yako muzuri mama aaah
(You’re so beautiful)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
(You’re so so yeah…)
Aaah muzuri mama, muzuri mama

Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
(Piga densi kidogo, baby densi kidogo, mama densi kidogo…)
Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
(Na figure yako kama ya chupa)
Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama, muzuri mama
Aaah muzuri, muzuri mama

Niwe niwe (It’s you, it’s you (I choose))
Niwe niwe
Niwe niwe

  • this comes from the expression meaning that a woman control her man by his stomach, cooking for him chapati

Check the remix with Iyanya from Nigeria

My Sura Yako playlist

[Today in History] December 27th

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1884 – Netherlands recognizes King Leopold II’s Congo Free State

1961 – Belgium & Congo resume diplomatic relations

[Today in History] December 25th

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1996 – Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi forces take control of 80,000km2 of congolese territory.

[Documentary] Les Voleurs d’Uranium du Congo

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”Nsenda” by Mike Kalambayi

Title: Nsenda
Artist:Mike Kalambayi & Shekina
Album: Dans Ta Présence
Year:2014
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[Today in History] December 19th

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1884 – Italy recognizes King Leopold II’s Congo Free State

BIRTHDAYS

1987 – Cédric Baseya, football player, is born in Brétigny-sur-Orge, France

[Bindìdìmbì] La vie continue

Titre: La vie continue
Director: Carlos Kalonji
Duration: 6’55”
Production: Studio Malembe Maa
Year: 2013

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[Today in History] December 17th

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2002 – Second Congo War: The Congolese parties of the Inter Congolese Dialogue sign a peace accord which makes provision for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years.

DEATHS
1891 – Msiri, ruler of the Garanganze (Bayeke) Kingdom, Congo (Katanga), dies in battle against Belgian funded expedition

[Today in History] December 16th

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1884 – Great Britain recognizes King Leopold II’s Congo Free State

Virunga: How Conservation and Human Rights Intertwine  

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Since my return from Rwanda, and my hopefully-not-once-in-a-lifetime visit with the Mountain Gorillas, I have been meaning to watch the documentary Virunga on Netflix.

I finally made time for it as a study break during my final exams period, and boy, am I glad I did. Because of those same finals, this will be a pretty brief post, but I hope it encourages you to do some more reading about this conflict. The film follows a couple of people who are working to preserve Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As most are aware, the DRC is an extremely unstable country in Africa, and the fighting has killed and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. The park rangers risk their lives every day to save the people and animals that rely on this ecosystem for their livelihoods. I won’t go too far into the plot of…

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Mbuji-Mayi (Dem. Rep. of Congo) flash guide

L’état de la nation 2014: Le bilan pré-électoral de Joseph Kabila

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Très attendu compte tenu du contexte actuel, le discours sur l’état de la nation du Président Kabila a été quelque peu inhabituel et particulièrement long cette année, et cela pour plusieurs raisons.

Il intervient premièrement après celui consacré essentiellement aux conclusions des des Concertations Nationales dont les applications peinent à être visibles. Deuxièmement, en plein débat houleux sur l’organisation des prochaines élections, son avis (ou sa position) fait l’objet de toutes les attentions. Troisièmement, les récents massacres en territoire de BENI reposent la question sur la sécurité toute relative que l’on constate à l’Est du pays. Pour finir et non des moindres, la question sociale qui après la nomination du nouveau gouvernement dit de “cohésion nationale” reste la mission prioritaire du nouvel exécutif.

Paix & Sécurité

Après avoir célébré la défaite et l’exil du M23 par les accords de Nairobi, il aurait sûrement préféré parler de paix retrouvée et de sécurité garantie…

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[Today in History] December 15th

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CONGO

2014 – Wreckage on Tanganyika Lake, Katanga shore, causes 253 survivors and 129 missing

[Today in History] December 14th

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1882 – Henry Morton Stanley returns to Brussels from the Congo

BIRTHDAYS

1932 – Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, politician and former prime minister, is born in Kananga, West Kasaï Province

“Mpita Njia” by Alicios

This is a nice zouk in Kiswahili by new Bukavu (DRC) singer Alice “Alicios” Theluji, featuring Ugandan singer Juliana Kanyomozi.

Title: Mpita Njia
Artist: Alicios
Year: 2012
Written by Alice “Alicios” Theluji
Arranged and produced by Rkay
Video directed by Onoh

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