Practicing the Cello in Africa

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©2011, Andrew McConnell, Published in the Guardian. This photo earned the photojournalism award from American press photographers.

A BBC article gives some more information about the orchestra and chorus. The orchestra was featured in “Kinshasa Symphony,” one of the finalist films in the 6th Annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival.

  • Kinshasa Symphony (95m) by Klaus Wischmann (Germany)
    Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Beethoven’s Ninth – Freude schöner Götterfunken. A power cut strikes just a few bars before the last movement. Problems like this are the least of the worries facing the only symphony orchestra in the Congo. In the 15 years of its existence, the musicians have survived two putsches, various crises and a war. But concentration on the music and hopes for a better future keeps them going. “Kinshasa Symphony” is a study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavor, a symphony orchestra. The film is about the Democratic Republic of Congo, the people in Kinshasa and the power of music.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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