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One of the world’s top rumba bands is enjoying a renaissance in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has produced some of Africa’s most creative musicians. Among the top performers is Bakolo Music International, the oldest Congolese rumba band. VICE News correspondent Melanie Gouby met them.

“Congolese people are very inspired by music,” says the band’s singer Willy Nzofu. “It is something natural, in our blood.”

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Véronique Moufflet nous emmène danser une belle rumba congolaise, le temps d’un shooting avec les Bakolo Music International. Elle a accompagné le groupe Bakolo Music International dans ses répétitions et a saisi les couleurs et l’intensité des mouvement de la diva de la rumba congolaise de Kinshasa, Isabelle Matondo.  La rumba congolaise issue des danses latines joue avec les relations entre hommes et femmes. La rumba montre les mouvements d’attraction et de rejet entre l’homme et la femme avec des mouvements érotiques et sensuels et des mouvements de hanche parfois très complexes.

Le rythme de la « rumba » se compte en 4 temps. Le pas de base consiste à faire un pas sur chacun des 3 premiers temps et une suspension sur le dernier temps. Il faut deux mesures pour faire une boite complète.

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bakolo music international Eloisa d'OrsiEloisa d’Orsi visited Kinshasa in 2015 to make a webdocumentary. Captivated by the original music of the Congolese rumba pionners, the Bakolo Music International orchestra, she made a shooting in the band’s rehearsal space, somewhere in a surburb of the sprawling capital of the Democratic republic of Congo.

Born in France in 1977, after her classical studies between Turin and Paris and the first encounter with photography, she attended the faculty of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Seville and Turin, where she graduated in Visual Anthropology, with a research thesis on the life of indigenous people in Mato Grosso. In 2001, she did an internship at Magnum Photos in Paris and one at Vu agency as photo-editor for the international press, working on the book Open Wound: Chechnya 1994-2003 (Stanley Green for Trolley Books).
After years working as a photographer, she currently lives between Milan and Barcelona, where she works as a freelance photojournalist and collaborate with CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia where she work in the educational as assistant in workshops with photographers like Alex Webb, Jerome Sessini, Jean Gaumy, Jonas Bendiksen, and for LINKE. Printing Lab and Gallery in Milan .

Her work is published on various magazines, such as “INTERNAZIONALE”, “LA STAMPA”,“REPUBBLICA”, “L’EUROPEO”, “IL FATTO QUOTIDIANO”, “ILSOLE 24 ORE”, “LA VANGUARDIA”, “GEO”, “NEW YORK MAGAZINE”, “THE GUARDIAN” “EL PAIS”, “DIE ZEIT” etc.

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“Bakolo music international” qui signifie les “pioniers de la musique” est le plus ancien groupe de Rumba congolaise existant aujourd’hui à Kinshasa. Il s’agit du groupe dérivé de Victoria Bakolo Miziki International ou Victoria Kin qui avait été créé par Wendo Kolosoyi en 1948