Kolinga – ‘Nguya na ngai’

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Congolese-French afro-folk duo Kolinga (to love, in Lingala) released the video for their track ‘Nguya na ngai’ (my power, in Lingala), which is a powerful and beautiful ode to the strength and resilience of women. The singer Rebecca M’Boungou and guitarist Arnaud Estor regard the song as an “more than urgent incitation to respect women’s strength in a profound manner”. In the lyrics, M’Boungou personifies all women, “I am your mother, I am your sister, I am your dearest friend” and sings about the love that women share in families and societies worldwide. She criticizes the unjust social structures that patriarchy insists on them: “You, man, to whom I gave life, what is mine is less worthy in your eyes”. The dance choreography – coordinated by Raphaëlle Renucci – shows elegant, proud and intensive moves that fits perfectly to the lyrics:

“My love is limitless  and my joy infinite  /  Mon amour est sans limite et ma joie est infinie,

I carry the world and sow its fruits  /  Je porte le monde et sème ses fruits,

I am your mother, I am your sister, I am your dearest friend  /  Je suis ta mère, ta soeur, ton amie,

I love you and sometimes I receive nothing in return  /  Je t’aime et parfois je n’ai rien en retour,

You, man, to whom I gave life  /  Toi, l’homme a qui j’ai donné la vie,

What is mine is less worthy in your eyes  /  La mienne est si peu chère à tes yeux,

But I am strong, much more than you can imagine  /  Mais je suis forte, bien plus que tu ne le crois,

And my power is huge   /  Et mon pouvoir est immense,

Greatest and deepest than the one you desire  /  Bien plus fort et bien plus beau que tout celui que tu convoites,

My Power is Love, and my Love heals the world  /  Mon pouvoir c’est d’aimer et mon amour soigne le monde.”

 

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