(GIN)—To some, he was the King of Congolese rumba—a sound that layered luscious Cuban rumba with African instruments and beats. Papa Wemba, or Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba, was rebellious, prolific, a style icon, at times notorious and always innovative. “The world of popular music has lost a giant—a consummate musician, a shape-shifter who challenged […]
(GIN)—Journalists, activists, hip hop artists and a U.S. diplomat were rounded up by police at a pro-democracy event Sunday in the Congo, sponsored in part by the U.S. government. Security forces charged them with threatening stability, according to a government spokesman. The diplomat, Kevin Sturr, “was among a group of people believed to be in […]
Courtesy of GIN BUKAVU, Congo (AP)—In a three-nation tour of the continent, Jill Biden, the wife of the U.S. vice president, met this week with survivors of sexual violence in the eastern Congo. It was her third tour to Africa since her husband Joe Biden became vice president in 2009. A teacher of English at […]
(GIN)—A Roman Catholic nun who rides a bicycle deep into the bush in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to help female victims of war is to receive a top UN award for her courageous work. Sister Angelique Namaika is a familiar sight, pedaling down dirt roads to visit the women and […]
Former President Bill Clinton, on an African tour with daughter Chelsea, praised the Rwandan government lead by President Paul Kagame despite increasing evidence that Rwanda is backing ruthless rebels in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.