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Malaki ma Kongo

Malaki ma Kongo

Malaki ma Kongo 2005 was held on august 19-20-21st 2005 in Pointe Noire (…). The theme was “300 years minus one: Kimpa Mvita, her vision of the Kongo space”. The chosen place for the festival was the high school of Mpaka. (…)

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Nzinzi the capital of Loango vibrated from 19 to 21 August 2005 to the rhythms, sounds and colors of the festivities for the rebirth of the roots of African culture on Malaki ma Kongo Tricontinental Festival. We must first clarify that the festivities were held at the High School Mpaka. The district Mpaka pontenégrins some say, is a no man’s land and others argue that this district is the city of Lucifer in person and at football matches, the uniformity with which the audience singing their song fetish, “wu muntu fua ku “,” muntu wu ku fua “reminds us of the Devils simba ntsakaleurs Bacongo and Makelekele neighborhoods of Brazzaville.

Oh! More fear than harm, such as lost sheep who have finally found the voice of their master, the public responded in chorus:

Mafri yi

Yiiiiiiiiiiiii !!!!!!!!!!!!

Wu ba huna !

We na meso!

Mfumu na mfumu!

Nganga na nganga

Nganga na nganga

Mfumu na mfumu!



The public was so captured by the beauty of that shows scant attention lent the vehicle to HOPE (police) who from time to time the round was to remind the public order. Hats off to Mpakalais and Mpakalaise. Memory artist I have yet to meet a public so docile and disciplined like Mpaka. Imagine three nights in a row, five to ten thousand people are gathered in a space as open as the High School Mpaka until very late at night, two to three in the morning and nothing untoward occurred. Even during the lowest moments of the show, the audience remained patient, ordered … What made that a responsible neighborhood “since Mpaka exists is the first time a cultural event as busy draining has met the public at large. The audience whose age ranged from 5 to 75 years ago found his account. And on the morning of August 22, around 11:00, Mr. Bayakissa, Principal of High School Mpaka who came to see the damage that we all feared. He had no say over since his school was cleaner than before the festivities.

Thursday, August 18, 05 at the headquarters of the Mutual Ethical Development Manager Malaki Development held the press briefing on the XIV edition Malaki ma Kongo sis Avenue Little Switzerland is situated 100 meters from the PSP Mpaka 120 in Pointe Noire. At first, the presence of journalists was shy, though some fans of my Kongo Malaki were present 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. This is a libation that the General Coordinator of Malaki ma Kongo  Masengo ma Mbongolo opened the meeting. Side of palm wine and chanting of cola in all four corners of the plot, he addressed the baskets of dia Kongo Ntotela in this direction:

« Oh mannes et esprit de Kongo dia Ntotela!

Bisimbi bia maza,

Bisimbi bia tiya,

Bisimbi bia mupepe,

Permettez, que je vienne à vous pour

vous prier de guider les pas inauguraux de

Malaki ka Kongo dans les Pays Loango.

Muté ngunu, MuLao ngunu, Mukuo ngonu

Beto bonso nkak’muek .

Ôh mannes et esprit de Kongo dia Ntotela!

Bisimbi bia maza,

Bisimbi bia tiya,

Bisimbi bia mupepe,

Malaki ma Kongo c’est entrer en communion

avec nous ancêtres

pour dire aux petits fils de nos petits fils

ce que les parents de nos parents ont vécu.

So the land of his ancestors that Masengo solicit support from them for Malaki ma Kongo be held in the Loango in peace, brotherhood, fairness … if not in all kongonité. Please touch the hearts of all the festival and especially the audience, he says, that all may be sensitive to our message of peace, brotherhood, solidarity and everyone goes home or as has happened here.

Then, addressing the press he said that in the Kongo Malaki my Nzinzi, capital of the Kingdom Loango, the current Pointe Noire (Punta Negra) or somewhat (Slave Coast) is critical in the evolution of Malaki ma Kongo. Punta Negra (Black Point) is the last image Kongo lands which remained embedded in the memory of millions of our brothers and sisters forcibly uprooted from their homeland. Organize a sub Malaki, the theme 300 years less one, Mama Kimpa Mvita, his vision of space Kongo, in these places has a double significance. It is primarily a historical duty to remember, but we want to prepare the Congolese to receive in future times their brethren across the Atlantic. Masengo my Mbongolo said that 10 years of working with the Congos Caribbean Caribbean because that’s how we call the Black Pan-Africanists from the other side of the Atlantic, it can be concluded that if the Congolese swimming in oblivion, those who left had no second respite. Their thoughts and dreams is to return, even after their lives on the land of their ancestors. It is a challenge for them against the logic of slavery.

With this in mind that we must situate the contributions of $ 2,000 USD each have done Haiti (one of the poorest countries in the world) to come to Malaki ma Kongo. Too bad they have to go through the United States and they have so far blocked by a visa problem. We hope that by the end of the year, they will be our walls.

After these introductory words, Kaly Diatou, president of the Malaki ma Kongo Kouilou, presented the final program of the Kouilou Malaki 2005. Then, the journalists asked a few questions for clarification … Ha! I almost forgot to say that the aperture makes nsamba makazu and not forgetting the nzo za nungu, was in full swing.

The program was rich in cultural activities and surprises were many parts of the game before the festivities themselves, a briefing was made yesterday. As usual the group was made up of journalism come from friends, others demanding “madesso bana is” could not be part of those who came but did not regret it. Beyond the intellectual dimension that was of the event, to be reckoned with as the part-cultural as animisto likes associate Malaki. Do not they say to us:

« Mfumu na mfumu!

Nganga na nganga ! »


“Little by little his nest again Kongo”

On Friday, August 21, 2005, at 15h30m accurate the Departmental Director of Culture and Arts Kouilou was already in place and the festivities had indeed begun. During the event the focus was on the reconnection of Malaki ma Kongo with the custodians of cultural roots dia Kongo Ntotela and particularly the countries of Loango, through the presence of traditional audit of Malaki and the wise Kouilou. The program took place over three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Drama, poetry, documentary film screening, cultural activities, presentation of books at home (produced by Malaki), competition of young poets, conference, raffle, etc ….

During all three days, the public was not only numerous, loyal to the appointment, but also disciplined. Today, he continues to challenge us in every turn. In the streets the children we have removed the index to taste novel Communion, daily ment with their ancestors, some of them had just become aware of the existence of a festival made in Africa, as it already stopped.

For adults, their concern is whether Malaki settled permanently in the Nzinzi, or it was just laying technique, the time to go his way … to Mbanza Kongo.

In his official speech, Mr. Albert Kimbouala, the Departmental Director of Culture and Arts Kouilou praised the initiative of organizing a cultural event, from as large, in a peripheral area of ​​the capital’s economic Congo. Very often players prefer the Congolese cultural center. And all know that in these large luxurious rooms, the public comes out the head as he came back empty, because the structure and climate of those rooms are made they are rather a place of entertainment, of escape places of education … But I feel that places that host the festival Mpaka High School, not to quote him, will now be a great Mbongui, a center of education for all. He also congratulated the honored and traditional groups who responded to the call of many Malaki ma Kongo, without requiring a stamp, of tickets or any other bells and whistles which they were accustomed. He said to close his speech that his leadership would spare no effort to support the initiatives of the sort. Finally all the compliments to Letizia Farisato who represented Malaki ma Kongo Italy in this great gathering, in my tata Masengo Mbongolo and all the organizing committee.

Malaki 2005 was also the opportunity to present the books to us, that is to say, the books produced by ourselves without foreign influence or dictate a country’s economic power or a third party. Similarly, the historical logic that has guided our writers suffered no economic weight of slave systems, colonial and post colonial …

“The Phoenix dia Kongo Ntotela” of Zunga B. Jean Claude, “The Haitian Voodoo seen through the eyes of an African Kongo” in Masengo are among our best new productions. Speaking of the last book, Rubens Kinkela, a colleague of the Congolese press said: “It is a masterpiece that goes beyond off the value of a doctoral thesis.” Indeed it has earned nearly a decade of study and led numerous trips to the space Kongo-Caribbean Antilles (Guadeloupe, Haiti, Santo Domingo) to find the facts, gestures, words, songs, legends, movements religious and historical political events that can be cataloged as originating from the Kongo cultural area if not in Central Africa. These writings are supported by video documentaries made on both sides of the Atlantic Association Malaki ma Kongo whose securities are the most requested “Malaki ma Kongo in the fief of Haitian Voodoo,” “The Bicentennial Haiti “,” Malaki Tricontinental “,” The Kongo of Santo Domingo “,” Back in the Congo “, etc.. …

The evening of Saturday, August 20 had a greater public participation than other days and artists do not unworthy. All started with the round table as expected by traditional ensembles, entitled “Culture, Art and tourism opportunities for traditional ensembles Kouilou”. Mr. Gaston and Mr. Alphonse Bitemo Mantsanga attracted the attention of traditional groups about the challenges of the twentieth century to what we would face traditional ensembles. They have built on decentralized cooperation. A new form of international cultural relations with individuals, groups of traditional structures should themselves be masters of their destiny. They know how to take back from contact with the outside world, ensuring their mobility capability in the international arena. The state would then be a regulatory body. Cultural management appropriate to the scale of those traditional groups is a must. It is up to those of traditional know exactly what they want. Departmental Directorate of Culture and Arts Kouilou would only comply with the requirements of traditional … But would it know themselves what they want. In fact what do they know the cultural circuits of international relations in folkloristic? The ball is launched from the side groups of traditional structures to meet and go seek with the authorities cultural Kouilou a seminar or a course in cultural management appropriate to the scale of traditional units. Association Malaki ma Kongo view that the traditional groups Kouilou not let go this opportunity gives their cultural authorities Kouilou.

The conference was followed by the competition for young poets, songwriters. Young people from all walks of life and regardless of gender have spoken and the jury and the public has had time to enjoy them. Already on the evening of Saturday, August 20, consensus seemed to emerge around Ami Plant, a beast of Congolese music. A young woman whose polio private means of transportation below. She had no equal.

“Do not see my feet but content yourself with what comes out of my mouth …” she said “It is the will of God Almighty expressed through my being. He knows me and knows that voice because it Mpungu Ta Ma himself to me. The jury and the public were not misled. Flora friend was the BEST!

Just after we re-proposed the documentary film “The Congo is not like we ever presented” a documentary filmed last year in Kinshasa and Brazzaville, when Malaki 2004. It was proposed anew to the public with better equipment, because the day before, the video projector we rented in the area was of poor quality. Which prevented the presentation of the play from Kongo to Congo. The evening ended very late with the participation of actor and friend space.

On Sunday, August 21, 2005, the organization was closely followed by attendance at places of festivities an hour earlier by Mr. Frédéric Mpambou, a phenomena that marked the history of culture in Congo, especially in the region of Kouilou.

Tata-Masengo at Mpaka, we have he entrusted with his legendary smile, I prefer to start sooner rather than later (laughs) … I’m in good company, he said patting his shoulder his faithful companion Alphonse Mantsanga Chairman of CRETK who cared for him in a bar in the neighborhood.

With a slight delay, the event began with a conference entitled: “The first steps in the Kouilou Malaki Development” given by Mrs. Bahezi ba Ntalani director of the Mutual Development Ethics Malaki, a mutual solidarity with the young mothers where they learn on the one hand sewing and the other based on responsible management of their existence. My Bahezi gave us the ups and downs of their companies. It is simply a voluntary and our delight, she said, is to see that in the neighborhood, it y’ait people sense that we give their time, their hands and ears and especially they trust us their daughters and sisters.

The second lecture was given by Mr Frédéric Mpambou and she was on a very topical: “300 years less one, Mama Kimpa Mvita, his vision of space Kongo.” Carefully to the public following the meanders of the menus life and work of Mama Kimpa Mvita. Tata Mpambou urged the youth to support themselves, to dispense with the logic of past years’ wait and take this girl for example 22 years, Mama Kimpa became the image of his time and generations to come. Mr. F. Mpambou also stressed the work, how great my Mbongolo Tata Masengo.

I am very proud, he said, to take part in this great cultural event and one of a kind that is the Tricontinental Festival Malaki ma Kongo. Doubling for taking part in the birth of Malaki ma Kongo in 1991 when my brothers Auguste and Jean Bosco Mpankima Miabeto, we presented a lecture on “The kingdoms of Congo before” and initiated 15 years ago today Malaki in the Kouilou, I am invited to speak to someone as illustrious as Mama Kimpa Mvita.

In terms of price:

* There’s been there special prizes were awarded to two younger artists Bala ba Tchikumbi Congo and to Tonton Massein for quality banners and Patrick Peths for lighting.
* Mama Award Kimpa Mvita 2005 was won by Flora Ami. The award provides the opportunity to afford a video documentary directed by Malachi Production
* The Grand Prix Malaki ma Kongo 2005, which is a digital video camera “the ultimate mini camera Sony semi professional.

There’s fifteen years as we wanted to close the festival in style Malaki, lighting the pyre Malaki ma Kongo, then it is as if we have poured oil into the fire. The artists we have presented a real carnival made in Kongo. New show inspired by the rich tradition of the land. Yes, they made us live, eat, drink, talk like the good old days of cultural virginity, one before the Portuguese. Run time backwards and remember the Ngoma ya Kongo, the drum of celebration that accompanied the fields of crickets and frogs band to excite the night dance of nightjars.

Among other things, the raffle was in full swing, it was an opportunity to share the general public throughout the school supplies that we had given the Association Bambini del deserto or Desert Association of Children (binders, notebooks, and writing). The books presented by Stefania Spedersini, also found readers. The Director of the fight against AIDS Action Jean Pierre Nkouendolo also provided a building block of Malaki ma Kongo 2005 by distributing free condoms close to the public. The evening ended with great animation of poets and actors as Nestor Mabiala, Masengo my Mbongolo, Kaly … Diatou sets traditional Yindula, Zolo-Kiyengi, Ntsi-Bantu Mbongui-Bantu-Nkembo Louninguissa, GAMUZ, Songa -Zola, Bala ba Kongo, Tchikumbi-Li-Kouilou Ballet Lion cub, kia Kilombo Mpala, Kotuka You Moka, C Percussion. C. E. of Mpaka.

Our thanks are addressed to the Departmental Directorate of Culture and Arts Kouilou, the Center of Civilization Loango, at the Ocean Radio, Radio Congo Pointe Noire, CRETK, Group Pether, artists and ensembles of traditional Kouilou to Malaki Development of Pointe Noire, the Departmental Directorate of Education Kouilou at Mpaka High School.

The Tricontinental Festival MALAKI MA KONGO 2005 Africa section in the Nzinzi (Pointe Noire) was the return to origins through the magic of theater campfire chorus of drums, bells turnover, clash of bells for life itself even wriggling and swirls in a trance unknown, the frantic waltz of Negroes in the night luciolée. We have lived all this while enjoying the biyoki, beer cane and pineapple, and mbulu ntsamba, all seasoned with cola, pepper, beans, and why not mundiondio.

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