A year ago, thanks to producer Pamela Lubell, I went to the Congo and spent amazing moments there, recording and producing the music for the feature film, “John Of God”, a one of a kind African comedy, written and directed by Sélé M’Poko.
People would ask me, “an African comedy - how do they do that ?” When most of the coverage about Africa is about hunger, child soldiers, ebola, malaria, and a loft of things finishing with “a”. YES, this film is a funny movie about larger than life stereotypes, but it’s about the music, the rhythms, the dances and the smiles of Africa and particularly, the great Congolese people.
It was powerful, because I was welcomed in a very special way by people that have nothing, except their pride, their fascinating talents, and their belief in God. Congo is a country that inspired a lot of the music and rhythms of today.
And TODAY, we are super proud to say that “John Of God” is premiering in Kinshasa at the Grand Hotel and I am hearing already some laughter all the way from there all the way to New York.
Respect and shout out to Selé M’Poko, Pamela Lubell, Alessia M’Poko, Moise Ilunga, Jo D. Jonz, Jean Shaka, Maurice Poto, Eldad Wonza, Ferre Gola, John Van, Mopo, Xander, Neil Benezra (Brooklyn Sound) , Woody T Richman, Diane Kamuanga, Adam Henry, John Carrico, Xander, GK Reid, Indrani Pal Chaudhuri, Daniel Albertse, Luke Mason, Akaz Mamba, Jason Shomba Lukanga, Nicolette Dalpino, Jules Rubinstein, Rosemarie Li, Silvia Wesemael, Christina Bettini, James Hammond, Tresor, Morgan Price, Ken White, Sage Leopold, Emily Palmer Chef George, Emanuel Malaji Ados Ndombasi.
Respect to the band Washiba which are Moise Ilunga, Antou Lintula Banza, Yannick Nsambi, Kapiteni Kabemba, Fady Kpama Baramoto, Junior Mwaba, Eldad Wonza,Musanza, Mukwalutu Luzolo, Serge Mulambu.
Respect to the dancers in the movie, Sara Mboyo, Jolie Mputu, Laeticia Boango Bakekelo, Glodie Kapinga, Jocelyn Wika Lifoka, Grace Tshowa, Jocelyn Nsasi Mpumbu, Berry Ngalula, Bley Ipandu, Moise Panzu,
and to everyone I forgot your names (sorry) and to all the sappeurs of Congo !!!!!
and last, RIP Mister Mira Mikanza
Henri Scars Struck