Forty years after the famed "Rumble in the Jungle" and its accompanying soul music festival in Kinshasa, Matombi Productions brought Fred back to the Congo for "Soul Power Week."
Among the films screened were "Soul Power" and "Fela Kuti: Music is the Weapon." Among participants was Fela biographer and scholar Carlos Moore, who interviewed Fred and led a group visit to Matombi, the point of departure for an estimated 200 million people sold in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Many thanks for a meaningful and enjoyable trip to Matombi Productions and its extended family.
|Jamming with local players at Iguana Cafe.
|Fred onstage in Pointe-Noire (photo by Rene Vernice).
|"Slammeur" Gilles Douta speaking during the opening news conference, with translator Christina whispering in Fred's ear.
|Drummer Bruce Cox dancing with a member of the Teke Cultural Association.
|Fred visiting with local children during the Teke performance.
|Workshop with local musicians.
|Fred being interviewed by Carlos Moore.
|The view from Matombi, the neglected point of departure.
|Fred and Carlos at Matombi.