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Popularising classical music in Kinshasa

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Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra rehearsing
Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra rehearsing Sarah Elzas

The Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra has weathered the ups and downs of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo, from wars and coups and the daily struggle of life in a country with one of the largest social divides in the world. Founded in 1994, the orchestra consists of about 80 instrumentalists and a chorus of about 60, and is committed to spreading classical music in DRC. RFI goes to Kinshasa to meet the conductor, Armand Diagenda, and some of the musicians as they were rehearsing for a concert.

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