Kinshasa, DR Congo – Fally Ipupa has pleaded with the diaspora community of his country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, not to protest at his upcoming concerts in Europe. A luminary in the DRC’s music scene, Ipupa is no stranger to the spotlight. With chart-topping hits and exhilarating live performances, he has amassed a massive following not only in his home country but also across the globe. However, the artist’s shows have not been without controversy, often entangled with political tensions that have spilled over into chaos.
One notable incident took place last year when Ipupa was set to perform in the heart of the DR Congo, Kinshasa. His popularity proved overwhelming, and the Stadium of Martyrs became overcrowded, leading to a tragic crush. Initial government reports claimed that 11 individuals lost their lives, but discrepancies in this figure left the incident shrouded in uncertainty.
Fally Ipupa has found himself in the news on several occasions due to his concerts. Notably, his 2020 performance in France witnessed violent riots outside the venue in Paris, with protesters setting fires and causing disturbances. The common thread linking these events is politics and the role of the Congolese diaspora in attempting to prevent artists like Ipupa from performing in Europe as a means of protesting against politicians in their homeland.
Ipupa’s Plea: Focusing on Music Over Politics
Members of the diaspora have accused major Congolese musicians of being too cosy with political elites and of failing to speak out against the rampant abuses taking place in DR Congo. These artists have often been seen as complicit in a system that many believe has wrought immense suffering on the Congolese population.
Fally Ipupa is gearing up to perform in London for the first time in December, coinciding with scheduled elections in DR Congo. Ipupa and his management assert that an agreement has been brokered with sceptical Congolese communities, and he is now set to perform in Paris and Brussels as well.
Speaking on the BBC’s This is Africa, artist emphasised that he is primarily a musician and not a political figure. “Most people know now that I don’t do political things. I am just a musician, and they have realized that you cannot punish your child all his life,” he states. While Ipupa acknowledges the grievances of those who have boycotted his concerts, he believes it’s time to shift the focus away from politics and towards supporting DR Congo’s vibrant music industry.
An Optimistic Vision: Reviving Congolese Music’s Global Presence
Ipupa expresses empathy for those who have chosen to boycott his shows in the past. He acknowledges that political injustices are occurring in DR Congo and understands the need to raise awareness. However, he firmly believes it’s time to move forward. “But now the time has come to say, look guys, we have punished the artists, we have slowed down Congolese culture, and it’s time to show the world that we have very, very strong music,” Ipupa asserts.
Congolese music has indeed faced challenges, losing its foothold in Europe to musical styles from Nigeria, Ghana, and Jamaica. Nigerian Afrobeats artists have become the headliners at major venues that were once dominated by Congolese artists a decade ago. Nonetheless, Fally Ipupa remains confident that this can change. “Congolese music is one of the most beautiful and rich; we have many talented artists. So if our brothers and sisters in Europe say no more blocking of Congolese music in Europe, trust me, we’re going to take our place in the world,” he passionately affirms.
Fally Ipupa’s journey reflects the complex interplay between art, politics, and the diaspora, and his upcoming shows in Europe may mark a new chapter in the story of Congolese music. As he seeks to bring his vibrant music to a global audience, his message is clear: it’s time to put politics aside and let the world rediscover the richness of Congolese culture.
Not the only African diaspora
The DR Congo diaspora is not alone in protesting artists who appear to be in support of oppressive systems in their country. The Cameroonian diaspora, under the banner of the Brigade Anti-sardinard, has protested and boycotted several Cameroonian artists, disrupting their concerts. The most recent was that of Grace Decca, a Cameroon music icon, whose concert in Leicester was disrupted by the BAS.
Yaoundé : un jeune empoisonné après l’obtention de son visa pour le Canada
Selon plusieurs sources, Yannick Bekemen aurait été empoisonné par un de ses collègues qui lui aurait servi un mets jeudi dernier dans leur lieu de service.
L’affaire donne des frissons. Selon plusieurs sources, le jeune Yannick Bekemen employé dans la société INTERTIS à Bastos, quartier huppé de la capitale est mort après avoir été empoisonné par un de ses collègues. Les faits se déroulent jeudi dernier. Selon nos sources, Yannick Bekemen aurait annoncé la veille à ses collègues qu’il a obtenu son visa pour le Canada. C’est ainsi qu’arrivé au lieu de travail le lendemain, c’est-à-dire jeudi, « un de ses collègues le nommé MOSES a apporté un thermos contenant l’Okok avec du manioc proposant de manger ce mets entre collègues. Mets qu’il avait commandé au restaurant de leur lieu de service », raconte un proche de la victime.
De retour chez lui à 19h Yannick se sent mal et son cas s’aggrave à 3 h du matin: vomissements et diarrhées. Voyant son cas s’aggraver, Yannick aurait selon ses proches déclaré de vive voix que: « Ekié c’est toujours pour le voyage ci qu’on veut me finir ? »
Mais au petit matin, la situation s’est aggravé, conduit de toute urgence à l’hôpital JAMOT, le pauvre ne va succomber à sa maladie.
Plusieurs jeunes ont été empoisonné au Cameroun dans des circonstances troubles. En septembre dernier, Larissa, une jeune mariée, avait été empoisonné lors de son propre mariage.
Selon nos sources fiables chez Culture Ébène, elle avait perdu sa vie après avoir consommé un simple verre de jus. Louis, son époux fraîchement marié, de nationalité française, est subitement devenu veuf quelques minutes après avoir prononcé ses vœux.
Le Cameroun a été témoin de plusieurs cas d’empoisonnement ces dernières années, motivés par la jalousie ou la vengeance. En 2022, une autre histoire a bouleversé le cœur des Camerounais. Au quartier MVOG – BETI de Yaoundé, une jeune femme a été empoisonnée par sa propre amie après avoir partagé un repas traditionnel. Le plat, le fameux « mbongo tchobi », une délicatesse bassa, est devenu la scène d’un drame inattendu. L’empoisonneuse présumée, ayant laissé derrière elle des indices révélateurs, fut rapidement appréhendée par les forces de l’ordre.
Cameroonian Artist Kameni Makes Paris Debut, Promoting Cultural Unity
Tonight, Cameroon’s flag will proudly fly in Paris, thanks to the musical artistry of Kameni, the renowned Cameroonian singer-songwriter. Taking center stage at the “Les étoiles théâtre,” Kameni is set to deliver her inaugural concert on French soil. The Afrobeat sensation, famed for her 2019 hit single “Nayo Nayo,” will be joined by fellow artists Giffto le Russe, DJ Karri, and DEIDO MBIMBEY, who will kick off the show.
This Parisian debut for Kameni is orchestrated by Mastatik Records, led by founder Yannick Marandat, who exudes confidence in the concert’s success. Marandat states, “Kameni is a fantastic artist with a unique voice and style. I’m sure that the Parisian audience will be blown away by her performance.”
Kameni’s musical signature encompasses a fusion of traditional Cameroonian rhythms and contemporary Afrobeat sounds. Her poignant lyrics often delve into themes of love, loss, and societal matters. Praised for her powerful vocals and an uncanny ability to connect with her audience, Kameni stands out in the global music scene.
Unlike the usual controversies that arise in Cameroon when foreign artists perform, Kameni’s Paris concert has faced no opposition from French artists. This event is poised to be a remarkable occasion, offering Kameni the platform to introduce her music to a new audience and promote Cameroonian culture. It serves as a poignant reminder of music’s profound ability to unite individuals from diverse backgrounds.
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Arsenal Secures Nervy 2-1 Victory Over Wolves, While Newcastle Stuns United with a 1-0 Win
A resounding roar filled the Emirates as Arsenal clinched a tense 2-1 triumph over Wolves, extending their lead at the English Premier League summit by four points. Despite an early lead with goals from Saka and Odegaard within the first 13 minutes, missed opportunities allowed Wolves to stay in contention. A late scare from Cunha’s brilliant finish tested Arsenal’s resolve, but Arteta’s men held on.
While Arsenal fans revel in the victory, attention shifts to Sunday’s fixtures featuring contenders like Manchester City, Liverpool, and Aston Villa. Arsenal’s upcoming clash against Luton Town awaits on Tuesday. Simultaneously, Wolves aim to rebound from consecutive defeats as they host Burnley in three days’ time.
Historical statistics underscore Arsenal’s dominance, maintaining a scoring streak against Wolves and reaching their 100th goal of 2023 through Saka’s opener. Meanwhile, in a separate encounter, Newcastle United delivered a stellar performance to secure a memorable 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
Anthony Gordon’s second-half tap-in proved decisive for Newcastle, securing three well-deserved points. The win propelled Newcastle above Tottenham on goal difference, securing fifth place in the Premier League table. Manchester United continued to struggle away against top-eight teams, with their last such win dating back to October 2021.
Newcastle’s remarkable run against Manchester United extended, with three consecutive victories in all competitions, a feat not achieved since January 1922. The Magpies have been formidable at home, winning seven out of eight Premier League games and boasting the most home clean sheets this season. Despite a strangely poor performance, Erik ten Hag’s team narrowly escaped St James’ Park with a 1-0 defeat, as Trippier’s free-kick rattled the underside of the bar in the first half.
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