Shafts of sunlight filtering through the forest canopy strike smoke from fires burning outside family huts at an Mbuti pygmy hunting camp in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve outside the town of Epulu, Congo

DR Congo faces criticism over plans to open Congo rainforest to commercial logging


Debate ensues over environmental issues and the need for economic advancement as Democratic Republic of Congo lifts a moratorium on logging the Congo rainforest.

Congolese man in blue suit holds a basketball

Former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo is on a mission to beat Ebola in DR Congo

Health & Medicine
Pierre Mambele

The man behind the wheel of Congo’s news

Felix Tshisekedi is shown in a white shirt shaking hands with a suppoert in the streets of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo presidential loser’s supporters cry foul after surprise result

Alex Bukasa, a Congolese asylum-seeker and former journalist, poses in front of the White House.

Last in, first out: Policy change moves longtime US asylum-seekers to back of the line

A crowd of people are packed around a black car as a politician waves from an open door

Congo seeks first democratic transfer of power in presidential election

Global Politics

The vote planned for Sunday would be postponed by a week because of a shortage of ballot papers. The vote to replace President Joseph Kabila, who succeeded his assassinated father in 2001, was first scheduled for November 2016 but has been repeatedly delayed.     

Congolese artist Bob Elvis

As Congolese elections near, political art is becoming more dangerous. Just ask Bob Elvis.


Even though President Joseph Kabila has decided not to run in the upcoming elections, his government is still cracking down on opposition activists. Now, it has extended to artists and musicians.

Congolese Collective KOKOKO! in yellow jumpsuits

KOKOKO! makes experimental afropop with found objects


The Congolese collective KOKOKO! repurposes typewriters, coffee cans, CPUs and more to create afropop-infused experimental music.

Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine

The missing tracks from the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’


In 1974, Africa’s top performers shared a stage in Zaire with James Brown, B.B. King and other global stars. But only now are the African groups being heard. Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine organized the ’74 concert and helped compile the double-CD “Zaire 74: The African Performers.”

Members of the band Mbongwana Star

This music sounds like its from outer space, but it was recorded in Kinshasa


Music from the Congolese band Mbongwana Star sounds like the band was abducted from Congo by aliens and spirited off to Mars to make their music.