Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thank you, Paul Mwema

Three years ago, as part of an event sponsored by a local university art gallery, I was asked join in a foum discussion about the passion for music and, more specifically, why people collect records.
As the event ended, I was approached by gentleman I had never met before. He introduced himself as Paul Mwema. Paul, originally from Lubumbashi, has lived in Richmond for a number of years and he has called me on the telephone during Ambiance Congo radio programs many times to comment and to make requests for songs. It has always been a joy to speak with him.
It was my pleasure to meet Paul face to face. We chatted briefly, and then he reached into a small bag he was carrying and handed me this plaque:




It hangs in the hallway at WRIR, just outside the studio.
Every time I see this plaque, Paul, I remember that you had this made on your own initiative, with your own resources and on your own time. I remember your kindness and good spirit. You have had an impact upon my life, sir.
 
Thank you, again, Paul Mwema.


4 comments:

Apurva Bahadur said...

You truly deserve this plaque. You have done so much to propagate and popularize Congolese music. Thank you. Apurva from Pune, India.

DJ Daudi said...

It's a reminder of the kindness of others. We all need that from time to time.

Jossy said...

Thank you very much.
Can you only post in the coming days a selection of songs from PAPA WEMBA & VIVA LA MUSICA.I am looking for the following songs:
MUANAN'GO(PAPA WEMBA & VIVA)
YA GIBIER(DINDO YOGO & VIVA)
AMITIE(DJODJO & VIVA)
RYTHM MOLOKAI(PAPA WEMBA & VIVA)
AMISI(BIPOLI & VIVA)
MBONGWANA(ESPERANT & VIVA 1980)
ELU SHARUFA(PAPA WEMBA & VIVA)

DJ Daudi said...

I can add these to my request list and I'll work the ones I have into future programs. They're all good songs!