Congo Station

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“In Europe, the culture is available everywhere in the books . Culture in Africa is transmitted primarily by oral tradition, the oldest to the youngest. After the colonization and urbanization of the country, the transmission chain broke. Today we urgently need to make the inventory and re-energize our cultures to give to the following generations a living heritage that can guide them through the maze of globalization “(Ray Lema).

Master drummer, organist, pianist and musical adventurer, Ray Lema puts into practice his African vision of the composition. Today, Ray Lema reflects, perhaps, rebels himself, worries, dreams. His eternal seek for the structures of African music is equaled by his questions, his doubts, his wrangling and commitment in the struggle for tolerance and respect to other people. This project, commissioned by the Festival “Les Détours de Babel” , gave him the opportunity to rediscover Congo, its energy, its struggles and allowed him to put together and around him, traditional artists and some from the new generation of urban music from  Kinshasa .

The premiere of “Congo Station” was held on March 2012 , opening of the Festival “Les Detours de Babel” at the National Theatre “The Hexagon” in Meylan and the following day at the Festival “Banlieues Bleues” in Stain.

Ray Lema: piano, voice, composition; Fredy Massamba: vocals, percussions ; Viviane Arnoux: accordeon; Irving Acao: saxophone, piano; Tshimanga Mwamba: percussions; Ngalula Cecile: Voice; Tandjolo Yatshi: lokolé; KM (Kinshasa Mafia Style) Pasciphik, 2Boul ‘

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