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Têtes Brûlées and Bikutsi

Curator Christine Eyene and music journalist, author and filmmaker Blaise Ndjehoya discuss Bikutsi music as part of the Pan African Space Station POP-UP radio hosted by Fondation Cartier during the Nomadic Nights programmed alongside the exhibition “Beauté Congo – 1926-2915 – Congo Kitoko”, curated by André Magnin. This conversation follows from the exhibition “All Of Us Have A Sense Of Rhythm” developed by Eyene as part of the Curators’ Series # 8 at David Roberts Art Foundation, London, (June-Aug. 2015). The project drew from the cultural heritage of Bikutsi to explore rhythmic sources in material, immaterial and performative productions within traditional and contemporary African cultures, and their legacy in mainstream cultures. Bikutsi, meaning ‘Beat the Earth’ or ‘Smash the Ground’ in Ewondo (Cameroon), is a fast pace percussive genre using balafons (African xylophones) that emerged in the 1940s. In their discussion Eyene and Ndjehoya will look at the origins of the genre, its message and style, its influence in the formation of cultural identity, as well as its pioneering figures including Los Camaroes / Messi …