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Necessary NoiseMusic, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo$
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Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190499570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190499570.001.0001

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Art on the Frontline

Art on the Frontline

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Necessary Noise

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko

Oxford University Press

The story of Yole!Africa began in 1995 against a backdrop of dictatorship, instability, and war. Congo was reeling from the aftermath of the Rwanda genocide and artists were suffering under the restrictive cultural policies of Mobutu. At the same time, youth in the eastern provinces were discovering hip hop culture and exploring its potential as a vehicle of resistance. This chapter chronicles the period 1995–2010, during which the current culture of artistic radicalism took root in North Kivu. Politically this period was shaped by the overthrow of Mobutu’s thirty-two-year dictatorship, two significant wars, theassassination of the nation’s revolutionary-turned-president, Laurent Kabila, and ongoing power struggles between armed rebel groups and a fragmenting state. This political turbulence sparked a cultural response among young people in Goma, whose early effort to express dissent through music and film eventually galvanized into a movement of cultural activism.

Keywords:   Yole!Africa, African hip hop, Petna Ndaliko, Congolese popular music, Third Cinema, Mobutu, Kabila, Lumumba, Rwanda Genocide

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