Alesh "Reveil" (The Awakening)

Alesh: Reveil- The Awakening (Official Video)

[En Francais un peu plus bas]

Out of the chaos and instability that has dominated the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the past decade comes the latest single from Congolese hip-hop artist Alesh, entitled ‘Reveil,’ or ‘the Awakening’. The song presents a vivid and complex picture of the Congolese experience at this critical juncture in the country’s history. A combination of frustration and hope, Alesh’s poignant lyrics reflect how, in many ways, both Congolese leaders and citizens have failed their country. In a country with strict censorship, it is rare to hear such an honest, introspective, and brave account of the Congolese struggle.

Nomadic Wax, a US based independent media production company has been working with African and global hip-hop political movements for a decade, were honored to have the opportunity to produce a music video for the song. The video was filmed throughout the DRC, including Kinshasa, Bukavu, Kikwit. However, the core of the music video was filmed in Baniele, an illegal squatter settlement on the outskirts of Kinshasa. Baniele was built on land that is in a constant state of erosion and where a single electrical wire and a single well supports the entire neighborhood of thousands.

Despite the seriousness of the political situation in the DRC, few people outside of the country have a grasp on the issues faced by the Congolese today. “Congolese as well as the rest of the world needs to see what is happening here and why” says Chirwisa, “I believe that music has the potential to create change and open peoples minds. This is exactly what the goal is with this video. To wake up the world.”

Download the Press Release (English): yousend.it/Reveil

Download the track here: nomadicwax.bandcamp.com/track/reveil

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Du chaos et de l’instabilité qui ont dominé la République Démocratique du Congo Durant la dernière décennie, nous parvient “Reveil” le tout dernier extrait de l’artiste hip-hop congolais Alesh. À travers un texte poignant, la chanson défie la censure et peint de façon honnête un portrait vivide et complexe de l’expérience congolaise en ce tournant historique dans l’histoire du pays tout en portant un regard critique sur l’échec des dirigeants et citoyens congolais envers leur pays.

Nomadic Wax, maison de production média américaine ayant un long historique de collaboration avec la mouvance du hip-hop politique en Afrique et à travers le monde, a reçu l’honneur de produire un vidéoclip pour accompagner la chanson. Tourné en RDC, entre autres à Kinshasa, Bukavu, et Kikwit, c’est pourtant à Baniele, un campement illégal de squatteurs en banlieue de Kinshasa qu’a été filmé la majorité du clip. Baniele se trouve sur un terrain en érosion où l’électricité est rare et un seul puit approvisionne en eau les milliers d’habitants.

Malgré l’inquiétante situation politique de la RDC, peu de gens saisissent les enjeux auxquels font face les congolais. “Les Congolais et le monde entier doit savoir ce qui se passe et pourquoi est-ce ainsi?” affirme Alesh, “Je crois au potentiel de changement que contient la musique et de sa capacité à ouvrir les esprits. Et c’est le but de ce video: de réveiller le monde”.

Telechargez tous l'information: yousend.it/alesh_french_press

Telechargez le chanson: nomadicwax.bandcamp.com/track/reveil

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ARTIST... ALESH
SONG... REVEIL
DIRECTOR... BEN HERSON
CINEMATOGRAPHER... BEN HERSON
EDITOR... MAGEE MCILVAINE
TRANSLATION... RENAUD LIOULT, NANTALI INDONGO, DIEGAL LEGER

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