Sunday, April 13, 2008

Congolese Band

I really like to sing. I'm not particularly good or much of a performer; plus I get so nervous my hands shake, but for some reason I love getting up in front of people and singing. So, when I found a Congolese band performing outside the Serena Hotel in Gisenyi with a cheap amp and an even cheaper microphone, I was thrilled.

I lean over to Chris and I say, "I should totally sing with them."

The band's tinny amp was blasting various hits from the 70s and 80s.

The four of us had spread our pasty white selves over the lounge chairs on the beach overlooking Lake Kivu. It wasn't long before Chris, with a smirk on his face, strolled casually through the sand towards the band's front man. A few minutes later, the two of them had persuaded me to sing with the band.

"You know Frank Sinatra? That Ain't No Sunshine song? Beatles?"

After a quick google search for the lyrics, I'm called up to the grassy stage. I'm nervous and sing shamefully, but the 30 or so people draped over towels in the sand, applaud and smile. It was all I needed.


Andrea Ward said...

Ok... so ignore my question on facebook 'cause you answered it here! Sounds like you are having a blast! I can almost here the music...

VicZan said...

yay! that would be fun.

Buddy said...


Martini said...

I only know about a half-dozen songs by heart, and no Congolese band would ever be playing Bjork... or Mr. Roboto!

Paula said...

Keep up the good work.

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