Manchester-based Congolese musician, artist and researcher, Emmanuela Yogolelo is to be featured in the Manchester Central Library archives.

Emmanuela, whose new album Dunia releases later this month, coincides with the release of her new book The Musical Traditions of the DR Congo and the Central African Region, which is to become part of the Ahmad Iqbal Ullah Race Archive, held at Manchester Central Library.

The work is part of two years of Arts Council funded research carried out by the local musician. Emmanuela’s work involved her travelling to Kinshasa, the capital of the DR Congo, to carry out artistic research in collaboration with two organisations:  L’Institut des Musees Nationaux du Congo and Le Musee National de la Republique Democratique du Congo, which contains a specialist collections of music, traditional instruments and a wealth of field recordings.  She also carried out on the ground interviews with academic specialists and a wealth of Congolese musicians.

Copies of the book will also be available from Emmanuela’s website and you can pre-register here to listen to the new record.

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Fri 27 Jan
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Fri 27 Jan 2023