A scientific symposium lays the foundations of Congolese rumba at CWB  

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Kinshasa, July 8th, 2022(CPA) – A scientific symposium was held from July 5th to 6th, 2022 in the exhibition hall of Wallonia Brussels center in Gombe municipality in Kinshasa, to provide basic elements of the newly listed as intangible heritage by UNESCO.

The participants in this symposium essentially centered their exchanges on the search for a point of reference for Congolese rumba. To this end, they revisited the origins and history of this music in order to situate, in time, the period from which the rumba took shape, and its evolution.

They retained, after debate, an appropriate definition, drawn from the strong elements having marked the course of the aforesaid music which constitutes a way of life and a culture for the Congolese people.

The president of this symposium, the artist-musician Paul Le Perc, indicated that these two days of reflection aimed to produce, in collaboration with the practitioners of this rumba, simple texts that can be taught to schoolchildren in the optics to enhance and perpetuate the Congolese rumba.

Beginnings planning other big meetings

The speakers also noted that these meetings are the beginnings which are intended to make a projection on the various meetings which will be held around the Congolese rumba under several aspects in particular the symposium of this rumba, the drafting in synergy of certain music documents between practitioners and teachers or even the codification of this music.

To do this, they wanted to see in future panels the participation of all the actors working in this sector with the aim of appropriating a common language of this cultural richness that is the rumba.

These two scientific days of Congolese rumba are part of the activities of the rumba parade festival and the international festival of rumba and elegance (Fire) under the theme « Rumba mokili mobimba ».

These moments of reflection and sharing saw the participation of some Congolese rumba singers, namely Souzy Kasseya, Maika Munan, Blaise Bula, Gode Lofombo and some cultural journalists.

ACP/B.KONGOLO/ GATUMBA