"Kinshasa Symphony" At NY African Film Festival

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In this week's Arts File, Kerry Nolan speaks with WNYC contributor Femi Oke about the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra and a new film that tells its story.

The group got its start more than a decade ago as a collection of amateur musicians in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 200 members of the orchestra have faced setbacks that most classical musicians would never dream of: wars, coups, power outages during performances, and more. But they have managed to stay together and win acclaim for their music, which is sometimes infused with African rhythms and musicality. A film about the group's triumphs and travails kicks off the New York African Film Festival on April 6th.

Violist Joseph Masunda Lutete
Violist Joseph Masunda Lutete ( Sounding Images )
Tuba player Papy Nkituzeyi
Tuba player Papy Nkituzeyi ( Sounding Images )
Orchestra manager Albert Nlandu Matubanza making a double bass
Orchestra manager Albert Nlandu Matubanza making a double bass ( Sounding Images )
Cellist Josephine Nsimba
Cellist Josephine Nsimba ( Sounding Images )
Choir of the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra
Choir of the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra ( Sounding Images )
The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra
The Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra ( Sounding Images )
Conductor and founder of the group Armand Diangienda
Conductor and founder of the group Armand Diangienda ( Sounding Images )
Flautist Nathalie Bahati
Flautist Nathalie Bahati ( Sounding Images )
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