Music, Video & Entertainment

Works in Congo but why not in Dancehall?

BALOJI feat. KONONO n1 – KARIBU YA BINTOU from BALOJI on Vimeo.

The first time you watch this, turn off the volume. Instead, imagine Dancehall as the soundtrack and ask: ‘Why can’t local videos be this good?’. The budget doesn’t look prohibitively expensive, perhaps only the talent of the crew. Come to think of it, the wrestling footage does resemble Thursday Night at the Fights, which we’re told is returning this month.

Also from the same source, the Ghettobassquake blog, is this video for the tune Bazooka by Lisbon-based group Batida, which uses documentary footage to tell the story of Angolan child soldiers. In that case, imagination = the $ of access to a film archive.

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Brent Stirton’s Gorilla Killings

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Bukima, Virunga National Park, Eastern Congo, July 2007.

Conservation Rangers from an Anti-Poaching unit work with locals to evacuate the bodies of four Mountain Gorillas killed in mysterious circumstances in the park, Virunga National Park, Eastern Congo, 24 July 2007.

A Silver-Back Alpha male, the leader of the group was shot, three females were also killed. Two of the females had babies and the other was pregnant. The two babies were not found and it is thought that they will have died of stress and dehydration. The motivation for the killing is not known but it is suspected that there are political motivations. The local illegal Charcoal industry clashes with conservation efforts in this very poor area and embattled Rangers have been threatened, tortured and killed as a result of this clash of political and economic wills.

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