Joy In The Congo


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(CBS News) “Joy in the Congo” seems an unlikely — even impossible — title for a story from the Congo, considering the searing poverty and brutal civil war that have decimated that country.  Yet in Kinshasa, the capital city, we found an unforgettable symphony orchestra — 200 singers and instrumentalists defying the poverty, hardship, and struggles of life in the world’s poorest country…and creating some of the most moving music we have ever heard.  Follow Bob Simon to the Congo to hear the sounds and stories of the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra.

A friend posted this story on facebook after watching “60 Minutes” on Sunday.  What unfolds is really the story of how music truly is the universal language, one that transcends the hardships of life.  If you want to be inspired, watch  the video HERE.



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  2. Isn’t it wonderful how happiness can thrive in the most unlikely places? I have found that even despite the poverty and other trials of Third World countries, the people are always so wonderful and joyful. This is why I love international travel; I always return back to the U.S. with a permanent smile on my face and the best feeling in my heart.

    • I think what makes me smile is the fact that we continually want to compare our “wealth” to theirs (any country) and always come away with how rich they really are, and we, poor. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  3. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lived there for five years some twenty years ago and they know how to handle the down side of life.

    • Thanks for your comment. It appears that the less one has, the easier it can be to be content, no? 🙂

      • It definitely seems to be the case.

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