Faustin Linyekula/ Studios Kabako

This is a surviving component of the Walker's mini-festival Despair Be Damned: New Music and Dance from the Congo. The Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili was forced to cancel its entire tour due to visa problems. But these performances promise a provocative glimpse into the tortured soul of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) in a dance and music program called more more more....future, based on the raging poetry of Congolese political prisoner Antoine Vumilia Muhindo. Choreographer Faustin Linyekula and a troupe of male dancers interpret Muhindo's work and in a larger sense the nation's troubled history and collective, decades-long angst in what is said to be a cathartic combination of anger, hope, despair, and joy. A telling quote from Linyekula: "To be positive is the most subversive." Providing the music will be a five-piece band led by electric guitarist Flamme Kapaya, a star of the Congolese pop style ndombolo, a fired-up variation of soukous with an infusion of funk. Kapaya's effervescent picking suggests the influence of Congolese guitar icon Franco, but he also favors flowing, jazz-like passages reminiscent of George Benson, complete with vocalese singalongs. The music for more is supposed to have a punk-rock influence and one of the singers, Pasnas, is an established rapper in the city of Kisangani. (Photo by Agathe Poupeney)
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 23. Continues through Sept. 24, 2011

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