The sixth edition of « Kinshasa Jazz » festival focused on intercultural dialogue


Kinshasa, September 2nd, 2022 (CPA) – The sixth edition of « Kinshasa Jazz » festival, which is held from September 2nd to 3rd 2022, at the French Institute of Kinshasa (IFK), will focus on « intercultural dialogue and the resolution of conflicts » indicated the initiator of this cultural event, Mr Paul Ngoy alias « Le Perc », during a lively press briefing on Thursday at the same place.

According to the latter, the materialization of this theme is justified by the presence of artists from the east of the country, in this case, the singer Voldi Mapenzi from Goma city. He added that it is also an opportunity to deepen relations between several nations and at the same time, a way to unify intercultural relations through « Jazz » music.

Mr Ngoy called jazz « a music that influences several other varieties, notably Congolese Rumba and Latin music », and this festival’s mission is to give Congolese musicians the opportunity to dialogue around art, politics and music.

For his part, the Swedish Ambassador Henri Råsbrant said that it is through « Jazz » that whites and blacks have discovered a common passion in the past before adding that his country supports this event which is an opportunity to deepen the relationship between different cultures as evidenced by the participation in this edition of the artist pianist Mattias Nilsson.

For her part, the representative of the French Institute in DRC Mrs Marion Dauvergne indicated that this event is a force that invites artists to create their own repertoire that the French Institute is happy to popularize.

In addition, the singer Voldi Mapenzi winner of the competition « the voices Francophone 2017 » noted that the theme of this event makes it possible to forget the various problems of the East of the country despite the war, stressing that music allows Congolese and Rwandans to excel and live together.

This festival will be an opportunity to spread a message of peace and good neighbourliness with the eastern border countries of Democratic Republic of Congo, it is reported.