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Kinshasa Story
Produced by: Miriam Abud
Head off to one of the great music capitals of the world, Kinshasa, on the banks of the mighty Congo River in Central West Africa. This Kinshasa Story is all about music and music makers - from well established stars, to hopeful wannabes with nothing more than a set of empty cans as drums. Our guide is Melbourne musician and some time disc jockey, Miriam Abud. This program comes to us from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and airs as part of our ongoing international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.

Program Credits

The Kinshasa Story was produced by Miriam Abud of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.


Afropop Worldwide
A great resource for learning about African and World music.

Rumba in the Jungle
An article about Congolese music from The Economist.

Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos
by: Gary Stewart 2003
Rumba on the River presents a snapshot of an era when the currents of tradition and modernization collided to produce a unique music along the banks of the Congo River. It is the story of twin capitals engulfed in political struggle, and the vibrant new music that flowered amidst the ferment.

Reinventing Order in the Congo: How People Respond to State Failure in Kinshasa
by: Theodore Trefon (Editor) 2005
This book examines the ways that the Kinois have grown, adapted, and shaped their culture in response to the often catastrophic forces at work in their country.

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