The evolution of popular music in the Third Republic of the Democratic Republic of Congo [1997-2018] – years of artistic sterility


  • Kazadi wa Mukuna Kent State University


The scrutiny of lyrics from various genres and styles of popular music in Africa reveals the level of attention and affection composers have given to their art as they capture in their lyrics or artifacts the essence of the social, economic and political climate in the daily life of their community. In the realm of music, these concerns are demonstrated by the high level of artistic productivity of their works in terms of form and content. Perusing my own contribution in this rubric in the popular music of Democratic Republic of Congo reveals that in times of peaceful atmosphere, composers of popular music continue with their productivity regardless of their political or religious affiliation. This urges one to concur with the statement that music reflects the reality of where it was composed, or simply, that music is the mirror of the cultural context of its composer.


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