‘Life in the Congo’ tells the story of a young man whose perspective is suppressed because of the entrenched prejudices of his adopted society. Forced into a life on the streets, the memory of a true and understanding friend reminds him to stay true to roots when adversity and injustice threaten to engulf his freedom and identity. It is a message of hope, perseverance, and the adherence to one’s own truth, no matter what the circumstances.
War and turmoil have decimated what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the arrival of Europeans and its exploitation under colonial rule. Since the mid-1990s an estimated 6 million Congolese have died in wars to control the country’s vast resource wealth, especially its minerals which are found in cell phones, computers, and appliances. Hugo’s music focuses on the triumph over extreme obstacles.
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