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08/06/2020 - 04/07/2020
Lenyema Okiteke
Author of several experimental rhythmic projects among others: Bongayi, the rhythmic horizons of mutuashi I and initiator of the avant-garde mutuashi style of music, the Congolese Lenyema Okiteke is a self-taught musician artist, drummer & percussionist, songwriter as well as musician of studio working between Lubumbashi and the world. He began his career interpreting jazz standards in clubs and cabarets of his city and very quickly he will be recognized by his great sense of improvisation, his peaceful energy but also by his great capacity for concentration with a research spirit with opinions expressed in an original way through its compositional process. He exploits, in his artistic approach, the constancy of time is how to subdivide it into the ethno-rhythmic standards of the Democratic Republic of Congo his country. Sinking into an anxiety provided with whirlwinds of questions due to the lack of identity and prosperity in his game as well as technique, as young as he was, and evolving in an environment, a time when western music had an enormous socio-cultural influence, he will discover Mutuashi, famous music of the great Kasai, after several analyzes and personal researches. A discovery that will very quickly arouse in him a pressing desire not only to unearth and save, refresh and enrich the rhythmic sounds of Mutuashi but also to extract the quintessence of this musical collection through its archival dimension in order to develop personal works who obtain a collective and historical weight thanks to the decomposition as well as recomposition of the materials sounds, visuals with which he works and all that is document linking him and his history.
Sébastien Roux, Deborah Walker, Yannick Guédon, Cyprien Busolini - Les Disparitions - 5/6/21
Selu Herraiz - Care (excerpt) - 28/7/2021
Nichola Scrutton - Improvisations/Sounding the Space 1

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