(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.