Featured in the wonderfully uplifting documentary Kinshasa Symphony from the Democratic Republic of the Congo , Josephine Mpongo trades in eggs in a Kinshasa market by day, and is a dedicated member of the Kinshasa Symphony after work.
Her husband Albert makes new instruments for the orchestra from local materials. In the film, he reverse-engineers a double-bass with the help of local artisans. The passion of the members of this extraordinary orchestra transcends all the challenges of everyday life in Kinshasa. Please, if you love music – even if you don’t – see this film when you have a chance.
This blog is a huge fan of Kevin Olusola, an accomplished saxophonist and cellist who blends classical, jazz and hip-hop music to create a unique sound. The world loves his beatbox adaptations. His official website will be here when it’s done, but in the meantime go on over and like his facebook page . K.O. was an accomplished musician by age 12, and a nationally recognized performer throughout his teens. Born in the United States to parents from Nigeria and Grenada, Olusola is a graduate of Yale University and has studied in China.
In this beautiful contemporary dance routine, virtuoso Yo Yo Ma collaborates with hip-hop dancer Lil Buck.
Fida Finds are random good things on the Web which we come across and post on Fridays.