Listening to Congolese Music: Konono No. 1


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I’ve been on a huge African music kick and I wanted to check out the music in the big DRC. That’s the Democratic Republic of Congo for those not familiar with that initialism. I discovered this band called Konono No. 1 who are from Kinshasa (No, it’s not just Shinsuke Nakamura’s finishing move) which is the capital and largest city. These musicians don;t sound like anyone else. It consists of singers, drummers, and three thumb piano players that are hooked up to DIY amps. The frequencies almost sound like distorted guitars which is crazy with how full their sound is. They incorporate traditional rhythms with avant-garde electronics.

Feel free to check them out!

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They Dreamed of Devastation and Deceit (Circle of Lies)

They claimed that continent was so dark
Not only because of the melanin of their majority
They’ll protect the native creatures
Yet laughing at the deceased bodies and mistreatment
Arousing those who inflict the suffering on millions even before that cursed scramble

They project a utopia of either animals only or having those who look like them walk around or live there
Empire and golden states of minds dictate this false narrative
Assuming they’re not projecting and magnifying poverty, corruption, or war-torn areas
How ironic. Their people and certain others have been moving in

Cobalt, tin, oil, copper
Among numerous others are exploited
An unfair trade to make such an understatement of the decade.

They purposefully ignore smart apartments, luxury hotels, and even locales safer than (supposedly) more “civilized” nations.
Funny how they call themselves nations while others are called tribes
The artifice and constructs of foreign tongues beg to warp minds

A continent where genocides have been afflicted on them where their perpetrators walked off without being behind bars could only be ignored for so long
How tragic is it when all that’s being mailed back are whips, severed skulls from the natives, or maybe artwork when it’s not an empty and insincere apology

So many deluge themselves in the circle of lies to feel euphoric
As they don’t want those with melanin to exist (whether they admit it or not)
They want to see a continent full of strangers like them and only those who look like them
Whatever god they believe in or not, all of them should pray every day that those living there or scattered don’t think like them.

These history books have been silent about these matters. Who ever thought that autodidact endeavors would become useful for unlocking truth when some desire it regardless of the learner’s pigmentation?

While there are issues that can’t be ignored, there is also solace that cameras, books, or online channels don’t dare to show.

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A Decade Probation as a Maximum Sentence (Injustice On Parade)

Complexions
Preferred upheld
Exonerated co-signing crime
Assault, murder, sexual exploitation, intoxication
Ignored, diminished, enabled
Hypocritical…bigoted
Injustice
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Here are examples of criminals of a certain group only getting 10 years probation for crimes other people get arrested for decades for doing the same thing. Gee, I wonder why…

Michael Wysolovski: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/michael-wysolovski-abuse-girl-sex-georgia-dog-cage-water-torture-a8897396.html

Ethan “Affluenza Kid” Couch: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/courts/2019/03/22/judge-allows-affluenza-teen-ethan-couchs-ankle-monitor-removed

Shane Piche: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/school-bus-driver-watertown-ny-shane-piche-pleaded-guilty-no-jail-time/

Michael Cummins: https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2019/04/30/westmoreland-tn-killings-neighbor-victim-arson-believes-michael-cummins-would-have-killed-her-too/3635659002/