The whole world has heard the sad news early this morning. Muhammad Ali was a great champion and a true legend who stood by his words. He paid the price for it but maybe that is why is also respected so much. He fought all his life and perhaps his hardest fights were off the ring, against the government for his decision not to go to Vietnam to fight and also for his faith. He received much criticism for his conversion to Islam. But the greatest fight must have been the one against Parkinson. He fought long and well. Muhammad Ali will remain has a piece of Congolese heritage. May he rest in peace.
Rumble in the Jungle, Kinshasa, Zaïre, 1974, full fight
Foreman’s Interview about the fight
George Foreman at the time wasn’t really liked by the Congolese people because he didn’t know of the history. If he did, he would have made sure not to bring his german sheppard. Those dogs were used by the Belgian police during the colonization and they were not used only to intimidate if you know what I mean. This faux-pas ruined his image.
The documentary Soul Power covers the music festival that was organized in parallel of the fight. Because Foreman hurt himself, they had to postpone the fight by one month. The story says Mobutu confiscated the passports and forced the people to stay in Zaïre to make sure the fight would actually take place. He, of course, used this historical event to further his political plans.
First, for those who want to visit DRC, it is necessary to find a host organization in-country that will write a letter on your behalf in order to acquire a VISA, and make sure to have all the fun shots necessary before the journey. And maybe some malaria meds.
Let’s start with the wonder that is N’Djili airport in Kinshasa. Now…I have done a fair bit of traveling and experienced the gamut of airports but this airport has a level of chaos that I have never experienced before.
I arrived late at night, which was of mild concern before arrival, but after experiencing the trip from the hotel to the airport during the day – I say arrive at night, if at all possible, and for goodness sakes hire the minders.
What’s a minder and why would a well-traveled, independent, adult need one? Because traveling to DRC should be taken…
Trente nouveaux robots régulateurs de la circulation routière vont être déployés à Kinshasa. Selon Thérèse Iza Kirongozi, conceptrice de ces machines, un premier lot est déjà opérationnel depuis lundi 2 mars, notamment à Kintambo magasin, sur l’avenue 24 Novembre et sur le rond-point victoire. Selon Mme Iza Kirongozi, ces
This is a must see documentary featuring Jupiter Bokonji and his group Okwess International but also other very talented artists from Kinshasa working their way through. I actually bought the DVD years back and it came with a music CD of all Okwess’ songs heard in the documentary. Jupiter Bokonji is one of the artists who bring Kasayi culture upfront, in his own way, and I must say his music is super good. I totally agree when he says Congolese people don’t know the well of talent present in Kongo. It’s so true. We’ve have only scratched the surface!!!
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A stampede at a soccer stadium in Congo’s capital on Sunday killed at least 15 people and injured more than a dozen, government officials said.
The stampede at the Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa happened toward the end of a match between two popular Congolese teams, AS Vita Club and TP Mazembe, according to a statement from the Interior Ministry read on national television late Sunday.
At least 21 people were injured during the melee, said Gov. Andre Kimbuta, who has set up a commission to investigate the incident.
Witnesses told U.N.-backed Radio Okapi that police fired tear gas into the crowd after angry fans threw objects onto the field in the final minutes of the match on the last day of the league season. The home team, AS Vita, was losing 1-0.
The stampede then caused a recently restored wall and gate to collapse, African…