Rumba Rules, New Genealogies


WHEN May 3, 2022
5-7:30 PM EST WHERE 19 Washington Square North WHO 19 Washington Square North Faculty Fellows Program Closed to the Public

Open to NYU community in-person



Rumba Rules, New Genealogies portrays the work of the Brigade Sarbati Orchestra, which consists of more than 30 musicians. The documentary offers an entertaining and unvarnished look behind the scenes of the music scene in Kinshasa, with improvised footage of the audience at jam sessions and the pursuit of perfection in studio work. Filmmakers Sammy Baloji, David N. Bernatchez, and Kiripi Katembo Siku, who died shortly before filming, have succeeded in creating an impressive, polyphonic cinematic essay on the rumba scene, which at the same time is a stirring portrait of the metropolis of Kinshasa. The screening is followed by a Q & A session with one of the directors, David N. Bernatchez, and Professor Duncan Yoon (Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU; 19 WSN Faculty Fellow, NYUAD).

Image credit: David N. Bernatchez

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, this program is only open to members of the NYU community in New York with an NYU Daily Screener Pass status.

Organized by
  • Duncan Yoon, Assistant Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU; 19 WSN Faculty Fellow, NYUAD
  • Pedro Monaville, Assistant Professor of History, Global Network Assistant Professor of History, and 19 WSN Faculty Fellow, NYUAD

In Collaboration with

NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

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