"Kinshasa Symphony" At NY African Film Festival
Friday, April 01, 2011
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.