Hi Marius, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you so much VENTS Magazine for your interest in my work; and I would also like to cease this opportunity to keep you guys posted that, as a songwriter, I feel happy to be surrounded by your presence and support, and that the development of my expected release ‘The Sum Of My Pardon’ is surely coming together!
Can you talk to us more about your song “The Sum of my Pardon”?
My song “The Sum Of My Pardon” is a declaration for the secluded voiceless communities seclusion, and in this present case featuring as many as other communities, Forest People – sometimes referred to as pygmies – spend their life living in servitude to Bantu landowners down in the Congo Basin Rainforest and that I would like to pay my pardon and that of my bantu ancestors – if I may dare to do so on their behalf.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
Above all, inspiration comes from daily life observations formulated by ventures we face, surrounding disputes about the spread of trades which divide rich and poor, but also the growing disparities in wealth and between “winners” and “losers” in the course of globalization, or the growing vulnerability disenfranchised communities face on a daily basis, caused by multilateral enterprises to respond to local and global problems. While I have always questioned the role of my voice, as a songwriter that invite the potential generation that care for others, to widely unfold the carpet of what happens abroad in the margin silence, and to revitalize core human values and to contribute as one in crafting a change for the better… The song is actually expressed in a jam sensibility, combining at the same time two songs from the same CD repertoire Katanga and Muti Wa Buti Maka:
Katanga: For centuries, Katanga has been representing a permanent foundation for war. It is located in the extremely rich region of Democratic Republic of Congo endowed with massive natural resources. According to social actors across the world, war and death prevail more than life, peace and prosperity. The song therefore applies irony to highlight irrelevant alternatives provoked by politicians to enable issues such as ethnic wars, tribulations and divisions among the societies. As a result, I’m teasing political and development actors performing across the Katanga universe, questioning their ability to either create their souls or make up their hearts differently in a diverse world, while casting forth their day without asking for extra time for neighbours. Intrinsically, the song attempts to persuade war initiators to stop acting in ways that do not favour the unity of the world. It therefore asserts everyone deserves peaceful unity. As a result, the reader questions if maintaining such distort renders the world a better place for all social actors. Katanga is performed in French and Batéké language.
Muti Wa Buti Maka – The generous Tree: With regards to Muti Wa Buti Maka, Forest People, sometimes referred to as the “Pygmy” continuously have the message that the universe is comprised of diverse communities. Thus, the tree symbolizes the world. Conversely, its fruits eaten by men as they bathe, dance, and cry together represent families’ celebration in the world. The message however affirms that, the world also lacks equilibrium. This is because various changes have radically spawned the notion of private profit at the expense of a common cleanliness. As a result, the changes have encouraged selfishness, wars across global nations, as they were also experienced since the origin of conflicts affecting global social harmony, but for the “Village and Forest People” in particular.