kinshasa symphony.


Couldn’t get it to embed, but click here for a longer excerpt from the documentary on the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste in DRC –>

From the NPR story:

When Diangienda first gathered 12 young people who wanted to learn to play the violin, he had only five instruments: “One of them would play for 20 minutes, and then pass the violin on to the next one.” When violin strings broke, they replaced them with brake cables from old bicycles. When they needed a C trumpet, they cut up another instrument. And when they needed a bell for another trumpet, they transformed the wheel rim from an old minibus.

They’ll be featured on tonight’s 60 Minutes broadcast:

The Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra is the only symphony orchestra in Central Africa and the only all-black orchestra in the world.

And more video over at BBC.

For those looking to donate, they are looking for funding to build a music school for teaching, learning, and playing music in Kinshasa.

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