MoMA Dances to Katalay’s Afrobeats
Everywhere you go, one can see the influence of African music on today’s society. From the dances to the food, New York City has a new crush on Africans. One musician, Nkumu Katalay has been at the forefront of this new African movement whether by performing at the Shrine in Harlem or leading a troop of dancers at the African Day Parade.
Nkumu Katalay & The “Life Long Project” Band is a collective group of musicians with musical roots based on the urban sound of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and also influences from all types of music from the African Diaspora. Nkumu leads the band with amazing vocals, however, Nkumu is also a talented dancer, choreographer, and social activist. He always promotes Africa in a positive view.
On Thursday, July 12th 2018, Katalay perform his stylistic music and dance for the crowd at The Museum of Modern. As always, Nkumu brought life and energy to his audience urging them to get up and dance along to irresistible music. Don’t know how to dance? No problem, Nkumu brought a troop of beautiful and talented dancers to guide the audience.
Some of the audience members had the following remarks about the concert.
Kiano: “I thought that the show was wonderful. The energy that he gave to the crowd, between him and his singers, and how everyone interacted. It was great. I enjoyed the dancers. They brought so much vibrance to the show. Just watching them outside, It was a great day! Great way to spend a Thursday!”
Jeraldine: “I loved the show. I think it was fun, and I got to dance. I love the music. I got to move.”
Stella: “The show was amazing. I follow Nkumu. I think he brings Africa to NYC, or rather to America. He is very authentic with his music. He is very inclusive to all people. His music is the original Lingala music to which I grew up listening, so it’s nice having him in NYC. He makes you not miss home.”
And Nkumu added his own view about the concert.
Nkumu Katalay: “Performing at the Museum was a good opportunity to get the Congolese message out. The message is to get people to recognize Congo in a positive level. Because Congo provides the vibration that humanity needs, but many times the mainstream media does not recognize it that way. We see it as a tool or as an object. But we don’t look as it as an essential lifeline for humanity. So, what we bring at the artistic level is to really hammer on that message that Congo is humanity. The Mother of Humanity”
When crowd had left, MoMA seemed rather empty. However, no venue could forever contain the majesty of Nkumu Katalay & The “Life Long Project” Band.