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Celebrating Congo: A Public Forum Featuring Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, Ray Lema and Faustin Linyekula

When: Wed., April 1, 5 p.m. 2015

CELEBRATING CONGO

GERRARD HALL, CHAPEL HILL | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

Art is one of the best ways to build understanding across cultures. Three world-renowned Congolese artists have spent five days at UNC-Chapel Hill working with students, faculty and the community to explore and explain how they've tapped that potential throughout their careers. Here, they lead an open discussion regarding art's power to create progress. They should know: Petna Ndaliko Katondolo is the founder of the Yole!Africa cultural center, which brought the Chapel Hill-based Beat Making Lab to the Congo in 2012. But he is known best for his film Jazz Mama, which documented and celebrated the Congolese feminist movement. Ray Lema, a Congo expatriate who's lived in France since 1982, is a fantastic pianist and composer with the Afro-jazz big band Saka Saka Orchestra, plus a mind-blowing ethnomusicologist of traditional Congolese music. Through his work at Studios Kabako in Kinshasa, dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula uses memory to piece together histories in a country that's suffered years of civil war and political instability. Their insights stem from another world of experience. 5 p.m., free, 116 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, 919-843-3333, www.carolinaperformingarts.org. —Chris Vitiello

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