Dance For Freedom

by Acton 2 Kivu

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    All proceeds go directly to funding the work of Congo In The Picture, which offers activities and support for young people in Kivu as a way of combating the appeal of joining the militia, fighting rape as a weapon of war and gender inequalities, and building a sustainable future for the region.
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Since August 2012, young people from Bollo Brook Youth centre in South Acton, London have been working in collaboration with young people in Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, to produce an album that brings together the best of youth music culture from the two areas. Working with grassroots organisation CongoInThePicture via the internet, the young people have come together through music to create a unique and inspirational album of original music that explores a wide range of genres and styles.

Whilst the music is uplifting, the circumstances in which it has been made have often been complicated, at times tragic. the recording of the tracks continued through the rebel uprising in Kivu by the M23 militia. The militia first surrounded, and then occupied the city of Goma, where the Congolese music for the album has been produced. In the chaos that ensued, the music studio there was sacked and vital equipment stolen. However, despite this setback, the constant electricity blackouts and further militia attacks, this album is testament of the power of music to bring people together and shine through the worst periods of adversity. Tragically, while the album was in the final stages of production, the young Congolese rapper Safari was killed in a militia raid on his village, Mutarule. He features on the song Stand up. the album is dedicated to him, as a representative of the millions who have shared his fate.


released November 26, 2014

Dedicated to Safari (RIP)

Thanks to:

Colin Brent, Kashindi Buyoya Pierre, John Redmond & Tim Owen. Without them this project could not have happened. Special thanks to the London Borough of Ealing for their support for this project and local young people.

Track 1 produced by Strelly Lunda, lyrics by Strelly Lunda, Kasongo Fiston & Jack Malema
Track 2 produced by Kieron de Jong, lyrics by Jerome Thomas & Olivier Mango
Track 3 produced by Antoine Luta, lyrics by Aisha Cameron-Lewis & Kasika Assumani
track 4 performed by Sady Mwibakeca, Sikorome Jean, Merry Kiss & Moza Kisindja
Track 5 lyrics by Victor Masha, Abdy Bilali & Olivier Mango
Track 6 produced by Hilal Ali, lyrics by Akel Bongo, Ruboneka Safari (RIP) & Charly Mahinanda
Track 7 lyrics by Didier Kayandi, Olivier Mango & Shabani Kitha
Track 8 produced by Nappy Pro, lyrics by Caleb Prince, Olivier Mango & Kasika Assumani
Track 9 produced by Clinton Adujunior, lyrics by Moza Kisindja, Olivier Mango & Joyce John-Longhor
Track 10 produced by Ryan Windross, lyrics by Vaughan Rhule, Kyroe Carrington-McKenzie & Moza Kisindja
track 11 produced by Patrick Mbwengele

All tracks mixed and mastered by Reuben Griffiths at Bollo Studios, Bollo Brook Youth centre
Artwork by Peter Griffiths
(c) 2014



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Acton 2 Kivu Uvira, Democratic Republic of the Congo

A musical collaboration between young people from the UK and Democratic Republic of Congo

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