Sometimes the best way to deal with hardship is through art and music. Youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo grew up surrounded by hardship, including a war that lasted for more than two decades. However, despite all this, these young people have found a way to take control of their lives through hip hop music and culture.
Why this Student Spoke Out
Hip hop is now a global music phenomenon. Youth around the world are finding that they can use hip hop to express themselves, and become a part of larger world culture.
Recently, Polish photographer Agata Pietron went to the Congo to photograph members of the youth hip hop movement there and talk to them about why they make music. Here is a short documentary she put together about some of these Congolese youth.
Below is a photo slideshow and audio of the song “Pata Kitu” by Dangerous from Kiwanja, DRC.
If you would like to learn more about this project, click here.
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