The Rumba Kings (2022)

The Rumba Kings (2022)

Africadelic 2022 | NL Première

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The Rumba Kings (2022)

Africadelic 2022 | NL Première

As part of Africadelic Festval 2022 you can watch the Dutch premiere of the much anticipated film The Rumba Kings in our Cinema, an award-winning documentary about the history of Congolese rumba with a (digital) introduction by director Alain Brain.

The Rumba Kings is a joyous exploration of the liberating power of music. In the 1950s, when the Democratic Republic of the Congo was still under harsh Belgian rule, a generation of Congolese musicians decided to use popular music to fight colonial oppression. They fused traditional African rhythms with Afro-Cuban music to create the musical genre known as Congolese rumba, an infectious groove that provided a space of freedom and resistance against the cruelty and humiliation that the Congolese were facing in subjugation. After its birth, the electrifying Congolese rumba beat never stopped. Congolese rumba carried the country through its quest for independence, producing the most famous African independence anthem ever created, conquering the entire continent with its captivating guitar sounds, and forging the identity of an entire nation.

On one level, The Rumba Kings is the stunning story of how the Congolese rumba sound developed and later conquered Africa. On another level, the film is an emotional statement about how music can break barriers, heal wounds, and bring hope. Through original interviews, music recordings, archival footage, and never-before-seen live music performances, The Rumba Kings is the journey of the sound that shaped a nation and gave Africa its own musical stars such as Franco Luambo and the OK Jazz orchestra, Grand Kallé and Dr. Nico and the African Jazz orchestra, who were as popular across Africa as any famous western rock band. Sit back and meet The Rumba Kings. Because Congo’s real treasure does not lie underground.

Alan Brain, the director, started working on the film in 2012, while he was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo working for the United Nations peacekeeping mission as a filmmaker. 'My interest grew when I discovered that Congolese rumba music had served as a space of resistance and freedom against the colonial oppression that the Congolese faced when they were a Belgian colony, and that later it had become a true symbol of national identity. It became my life's mission to tell this amazing story in the most compelling way possible.'

Africadelic is an organization that is committed to promoting (awareness about) cultural creativity and diversity in and out of Africa and the African diaspora. The Africadelic Festival is an annual festival on and around International Africa Day on 25 May. Through concerts, films and talks, the festival offers a reflection on the state of Africa and a celebration of the cultural creativity of the continent and the diaspora.

  • Director
    Alain Brain
    Year
    2021
    Country
    Congo en Verenigde Staten
    Duration
    94 minuten
    Spoken Language
    Frans en Lingala
    Subtitles
    Engels
  • 20:30 zaal open
    21:00 start programma
    22:45 einde programma
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