His name’s LOVE for goodness sake ,how could we not like him? Here he is rappping into his phone. He was our security along with a cat called Golbar, we named them ‘Love and The Gun’ because the were kinda like a Congolese ‘Crockett and Tubbs’ for us . It felt most times like the Congo has as many musicians as China’s got Table Tennis players ; by that i mean everybody’s musical ,everybody plays; no i mean everybody.-Remi
A collective of producers lead by Damon Albarn recently visited the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to produce a new album for Oxfam. T-E-E-D (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs), Dan The Automator, Jneiro Jarel, Richard Russell, Actress, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Rodaidh McDonald and Kwes all made the trip with the plan - to make an album in 7 days.
Wracked by years of conflict, the DRC is home to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, and proceeds from the album will go to helping Oxfam's work, helping thousands of the DRC's poorest people.
T.E.E.D ; Mate just saw this pic of you that H sent me from Congo. Looks like you’re practicing your thousand yard stare, I guess we’ll never know what’s going on in that totally enormous brain of yours but looks deep. Just listened with D to the track you did with the shaman woman in DRC for the album ; D.O.P.E.-Remi
Excuse the poor picture quality but these two cats need their props Florent (left) and Renauld held us down for 8 days last week in the Congo and gave everything, as point people they were are unmatchable. These two musketeers with Marc Antionne went with us everywhere showed us the ropes ,translated , found and fetched; if we needed it it was no problem. A joy to work with them and impossible to work without.A couple of real renegades, so fellas thank you thank you. If you’ve seen the Staff Benda Bilili film you’ll know what they’re capable of. If not then why not..?-Remi
Congo Coltan Phone Battery Charging Stalls; “I believe these are recharging stations for people who have a mobile phone, but do not have any power at their residence, or perhaps have no residence. The British Ambassador and others, are trying to get mobile phone masts installed in rural areas so that people can communicate about militia activity; to report crime or warn neighbours of impending forces.The cost to install and maintain, as well as protect from sabotage, is likely more pricey than it is worth for the mobile phone companies.Seems with the profits they get from a country like this, they could be a little more generous with their profit considerations” -Hardy.Power for the People.Nuff Said.
Ok so this is the CashMoney Superhero who is otherwise known as ‘Dollar Man’ real name Faustin Mutambayi .His schtick is wearing the jump suit to illustrate the pillage of his country’s resourses,he’s got some serious intent behind the slightly odd behaviour. So apologies for misinterpreting his whole game, this guy means it,for real -Remi
Textiles and Clothing has always been used to relay messages; social,political and otherwise , in the Congo its no different.Check out some of these garms for their effectiveness in doing so -Remi
“Me and Jneiro Jarel are grafting away, slaving over hot laptops and ipads. searching for the perfect beat, good soldiers,Albarns having a laugh. fair enough. but SOMEONES PLAYING SCRABBLE. ITS AN OUTRAGE”-Richard Russel.He’s right of course; they’ve even tried to hide it behind another screen to make it look like work ,i think we need to have a meeting .