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Music Theatre

Africa, Congo, Kinshasa

In 2010, K-Mu from Kinshasa was runner-up in the Freedom to Create Award with their music theatre production Basal’ya Bazoba about the violent persecution of child witches. They performed the show on the back of a truck in most of the neighborhoods of Kinshasa, attracting over 100,000 spectators in total.  

The performance particularly focussed on the role of religion in maintaining prejudices that lead to unsavoury practices like witch hunts. At ICAF 2014, K-Mu founder Toto Kisaku performed his autobiographical solo Rencontre au pluriel [‘meeting in the plural’] which is based on his childhood, his training as an actor, and his complicated relationship with Europe.