Jeannot Kumbonyeki


was taught by Faustin Linyekula, Papy Ebotani, Hafiz Dhaou, Ula Sickle and Clara Bauer. In 2010 he founded the Keep Quiet street dance troupe with a group of friends, and regularly performed in Kisangani and the eastern region of the Congo. One year later he won the Best Dancer Jury Prize in the Vodacom Kata Dance Competition. He also took part in Redefining… homework, a research dance project led by Boyzie Cekwana and Faustin Linyekula. In 2016 Kumbonyeki created his first solo dance performance, Le Kombi, which premiered at the Kinani Contemporary Dance Festival, Mozambique. This was followed by performances at Infecting the City in Cape Town, the Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Zurich, the Biennale Danse l’Afrique Danse, Ouagadougou, and the 100% Afriques Festival in Paris and more recently at the Kaai Theater in Brussels (December 2018). In 2014-16 he danced in Ula Sickle’s Kinshasa Electric, a show performed at various international venues, including at the Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen. Since 2016 Kumbonyeki has been part of the cast of Faustin Linyekula’s In Search of Dinozord and more more more… future. Huguette Tolinga started to play percussion at the age of seven, although her family were not particularly happy about this. In the Congo percussion is traditionally seen as an all-male affair. This didn’t stop Tolinga from setting up her own group, Hugembo, in Kinshasa in 2010. This group has regularly performed in the Congo, Sub-Saharan Africa and even in Germany. Her debut album Enkata came out in 2018, produced by Studios Kabako. In the same year Tolinga toured with Faustin Linyekula and the South African singer and dancer Hlengiwe Lushaba in the show Not Another Diva… (also to be seen at this year’s Holland Festival). In 2019 she will perform in Un fleuve dans le ventre, a show directed by Carina Riedl, based on the long poem by Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Tolinga teaches in Kinshasa and is presently looking for opportunities to set up her own school of percussion.