Kanga Munoko Yoka
Kanga Munoko Yoka
Film: 20 minutes HD, produced by Miguel Buenrostro
Mask: created by Pisko Crane and Aicha Mena Kanieba
Kanga Munoko Yoka “Shut up and listen” is a series of listening sessions filmed during the Kinzonzi exhibition program in Kinshasa. The film accompanies the founders of explosive music collective “Fulu Miziki ‘’ Pisko Crane and Aicha Mena Kanieba in their artistic process. From the creation of musical instruments and ‘eco’ fashion, to intimate rehearsals and unexpected musical performances in the National Museum of the DRC.
Kanga Munoko Yoka proposes a ‘listening positionality’ as a way of entering in relation with the radical diversity of musical worlds in Kinshasa. Moving beyond western representations of otherness and categories of exotic ‘world music’, shifting towards artistic freedom and its interaction with musical embodiment and environmental action.
The sound of Fulu Miziki precedes the dichotomy of resistance – oppression – found in many writings on musical theory, such as Rhythms of Resistance by Peter Fryer. Fulu Miziki opens up the possibility of re-existing in music, rhythm and musical temporalities.
This film was conceived by listening with the congolese artists in order to meet in the horizons of musical worlds. It is also a call to the western gaze to shut up, to listen and learn.
The video piece is accompanied by Pisco Crane and Aicha’s mask creation ‘Luba’ which represents the beauty of the women of Kasaï.
Miguel Buenrostro is an artist from Tijuana, Mexico and based in Berlin, Germany. His work reflects on the condition of the border as a site of knowledge production and interconnection. Working with listening practices, cinema and performative gestures in public space. His work has been presented in the Biennale Architettura di Venezia (2016); Armory Center for the Arts (2017); Museo Numismático Nacional de la CDMX, (2018) Mexi-Cali Biennial (2019) The Bauhaus Museum, Weimar Germany (2020) Musée National de la Rd Congo (2021) Konsthall C, Stockholm (2022); His films have been held in different film festivals ( Foro de Cine Etnográfico en México), exhibitions and Public screenings. His lecture – performances such as ‘Otras Utopías’ and DISFUNCIONALISTA have been held in the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar Germany. Miguel co-created “Nuevo Norte” a workshop in collaboration with local initiatives which investigate the politics of migration, borders and neoliberal agendas operating in the Americas.