Nancy Kondo’s Journey to Leading Congo Fashion Week

Nancy Kondo left the Democratic Republic of Congo when she was six years old, and spent much of her childhood growing up in Ottawa. Now the 27-year-old is managing director of Congo Fashion Week — the third-largest fashion event in all of Africa. Continue reading Nancy Kondo’s Journey to Leading Congo Fashion Week

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Kingdom of the Sapeurs: Inside Congo Fashion Week

Much of the world knows little of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s vibrant arts scene, and last weekend in the capital, Kinshasa, models showed off daring new looks dreamed up by local designers on the catwalk. Continue reading Kingdom of the Sapeurs: Inside Congo Fashion Week

An Art Contest for the Social Integration of Rwandan Refugees in the DRC
Etienne’s heartfelt lyrics echoed across the plaza, carrying an astonished audience to another world – a place where refugees and locals live together in peace. He is one of the Congolese artists who participated in the contest called “Sura ya Amani Kati Ya Mkimbizi Na Mkaaji”, meaning “Images of… http://bit.ly/1NYPq7J

Brisbane Festival to Feature Stories From the Congo to Educate and Amaze
The new artistic director of the Brisbane Festival plans to highlight stories and performers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and is looking to the local African community for inspiration.
Preparations are underway for the September event, which will feature 456 shows and 164 events from… http://www.anthemculture.com/2015/06/30/brisbane-festival-feature-stories-congo-educate-amaze/

Online Mobile Music Sites Springing Up in Francophone Countries

There are well over 100 online and mobile music platforms in Africa and not a week seems to pass without another one being launched. This week it’s the turn of the two francophone Congos – DRC and Brazzaville – as music platforms start to spread more widely into francophone… http://www.anthemculture.com/2015/05/31/online-mobile-music-sites-springing-francophone-countries/

Almost 70 Carefully Selected Works Featured in Artcurial’s Tribal Art Sale in June

On 22 June 2015 Artcurial will be holding its first Tribal Art sale of the year. Almost 70 carefully selected works will be offered for sale and will be displayed to the public from 18 to 21 June. Works with highly prestigious provenance will be presented, including a Zandé-Nzakara harp, De… http://www.anthemculture.com/2015/05/17/almost-70-carefully-selected-works-featured-artcurials-tribal-art-sale-june/

Bewitching Tale Casts Light on Kinshasa’s Street Children

Kinshasa is the second-biggest French-speaking city in the world. One might expect it would follow in the footsteps of Paris, a fabulous book city and probably the best place to find books from and on Africa. Kinshasa bakers, after all, manage to produce baguettes and croissants that are every… http://goo.gl/KBHBll