LABORATOIRE KONTEMPO

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Radio Kinzonzi

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Radio Kinzonzi * Live from Kinshasa *
by artists Orakle Ngoy, Jasmina Al-Qaisi and Ralf Wendt, the participants and friends of Laboratoire Kontempo 2021/22 17:00-20:00

Together we are diving deep in the research of new ways to communicate without hierarchies and borders from Kinshasa to your ears through radio. Together we look at terms, art is just one of them. We sonify KINZONZI and various meanings people have to it in several languages, without the desire to understand but to sense. We get to know each other in this way. Our words, our thoughts, become mirrors, so that those who lose their memory, can see themselves. Together we surround secrets to make them public. Discussions, discourses, audio images, rhythms of streets come together with voices of non humans and machines.Radio Kinzonzi proposes an honest way of being.

We transmitted live the opening of Laboratoire Kontempo 2021/22 Kinzonzi exhibition National Museum of DRC on the 15th of October from 5 to 8 pm Kinshasa time. The live mobile radio action done by Jasmina, Orakle and Ralf consisted of collages of the topics of Kinzonzi before and during the exhibition; we can hear various perspectives and angles, we can imagine a Kinzonzi universe made by the great artists and audiences in Kinshasa. We’ve listened together to bits and pieces of Kill Bill’s performance, sounds of artwork, the concert of Village Papa Nyangombe. People we spoke with: Mega Mingiedi and Taxi Radio, Mukenge/Schellhammer, Priska Tankwey, Rachel Nyangombe, Viko Moussa, Paulvi Ngimbi, Jean Kamba, Miguel Buenrostro, Luiza Prado, Jérôme Chazeix, Huguette Tolinga, Raul Walch, Gabriella Torres-Ferrer, Jérôme Chazeix, Luiza Prado, Peter Miyalu, Cornelia Lund, Darwin Mumete, Rordrigo and the list will be permanently updated. The radio program also played music and voice from Priska Tankwey and Paulvi Ngimbi installation of the exhibition and music from the band Fulu Miziki and Antoine, the guitar player we met at Chez TinTin. An artwork by: Adonis Delta

Before their live transmission Orakle, Jasmina and Ralf started publishing their radiophonic work done in Kinshasa in Radio Okapi. They had a chat with Mr. Jean-Marc Matwaki Mofelele who intervies them and introduced their intervention on the term and topics of Kinzonzi together with voices of the participants and friends of Laboratoire Kontempo 2021/22 on Radio Okapi. Their intervention was audible on Friday 15th 16-18h; Friday on Décrochage “Info Kin” from 16h05 to 17h and from 20h to 21h; Saturday from 14h05′ and the magazine Okapi Métissage from 17h to 19h; Sunday from 13h to 15h on FM in DR Congo: Kinshasa 103.5; Bunia 104.9; Bukavu 95.3; Goma 95.5; Kindu 103.0; Kisangani 94.8; Lubumbashi 95.8; Matadi 102.0; Mbandaka 103.0; Mbuji-mayi 93.8 and online.

Orakle Ngoy (*1981) is an artist and musician (slammer, rapper and performer) from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a law graduate, creator of the Afrika Diva collective, working for the emergence of female talent in the DR Congo, holder of the Yambi City festival, activist and mother.
For many years, she has been speaking out against hate, sexism, inequality and violence. Her art is a hardcore appeal to the people of Kinshasa to respect “Mamans” and all women. Her music is like her, a mix of gaiety, ghetto and Kinshasa realities, mixing Congolese musical styles, folk and performance art. Since 2018, she is vice-president of the Arterial Network in Kinshasa. She has been involved in many projects inside and outside the borders of Congo (to name a few): Yambi, ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin and Kinshasa, 2019; Spinning Triangles, S A V V Y Contemporary, Berlin and Kinshasa, 2019; Punch Agathe, Pumpenhaus, Münster and Stuttgart, 2019; Concerts in Tunis (Journées Musicales de Carthage, 2018); Brazzaville (Mbote Hip-Hop, 2018); Dakar (Afropolitan, 2018) etc. Since 2018, she has been running the Yambi City festival, produced with the members of Afrika Diva Collectif, which she created in 2014. She fights to network and promote the Congolese scene.

Jasmina Al-Qaisi is a writer and archivist. She often makes waves on free, independent, temporary or mobile radios and is a member of  the sound interested artist group Research and Waves. Sometimes she appears in a different form: as a Walking Scientist, a Bird-Watcher-Watcher, as Schnelle Musikalische Hilfe – a service of emergency musical help or the only representative of the Self-Entitled-Self-Entitlement Office. She co-authors diverse audio actions with the artist Ralf Wendt.

Ralf Wendt works within time-based and literary arts on the deconstruction of human and animal language questioning orders of things. Since the mid-90s he has thematised in performances, films and radio art, a poetics of the suprasegmentalia often with the Wolf In The Winter group. The connection of performance art with the medium of radio led Wendt out of the galleries and festivals into free radio. Wendt brings together different forms of artistic expression interested in utopic/dystopic societal disturbances. He shares his experiences as an educator in several universities, art schools and media education centres.