A group of street kids in Kinshasa, between 10 and 18 years old – so-called «shégués», sons of soldiers, orphans or «child sorcerers» – got the possibility to collaborate with Congolese artist Lova Lova in 2019. He provided a musical frame out of electro-congorock, afropunk, ragga, and hip hop for them. This allowed the kids to spit their feelings and thoughts about the difficulties encountered in their lives – rivalry, politics, sexuality and survival – in a funny and provocative way. Warlike rap, street gang style, but also praying and blessing, carried by a specific sharp undertone of rage and hope. These kids know they are fucked – and they fuck back.
More information: https://seismorecords.bandcamp.com/album/mokili-na-poche
Oyo Projects – Producer of the project
Swiss Embassy in Kinshasa – providing support for the project
Bomoko Connexion – Independent cultural centre
Double Vision – Independent cultural centre
Studio Pela – Recording studio
fluctuating images, Berlin – providing support for the project
AcudMachtNeu, Berlin – providing support for the project
Seismographic Records – Exclusive release on vinyl
Possibilities for ordering (including sound snippets):
Thanks goes to AcudMachtNeu (Berlin) and LabKontempo (Kinshasa) as well as to DHBW Ravensburg for supporting the research of Dr. Cornelia Lund (HfK Bremen, fluctuating images e.V. Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Holger Lund (DHBW Ravensburg, fluctuating images e.V. Berlin) in Kinshasa.