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 Martin, Georges Seba, Sellsa, Ange Ebogo Emerent and Les Têtes Brûlées who revolutionised this music and have been the subject of Claire Denis’ film Man No Run (1989) on which Ndjehoya collaborated.

This conversation will be animated with a selection of some of the best Bikutsi tracks!

Christine Eyene and Blaise Ndjehoya in conversation: Thur 17 Sept 5:00 to 5:45 pm.

PASS guests include: Andy Amadi Okoroafor, BALOJI, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Helmie Bellini, Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu, Dinozord, Phil Hilfiker, Kongo Astronauts, MO LAUDI, Ray Lema, Dizzy Mandjeku, Papy Maurice Mbwiti, Méga Mingiedi, Sabrina Moella, Mwezé Ngangura, Jolie Ngemi, Pascale Obolo, Hilaire Penda, Lucas Silva DJ Champeta-Man, Bintou Simporé, and Binetou Sylla.

PASS (the Pan African Space Station) is an initiative of Chimurenga and is curated by Ntone Edjabe and Neo Muyanga.

PASS POP-UP radio at Fondation Cartier
Thur 17 to Sat 19 Sept from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Visit Fondation Cartier for more information.


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