Music in the DR Congo is more than a religion. “It’s
been in the blood since the ancestors” proudly say the Congolese.
Congolese musical artists manage to fill the Stade des Martyrs in paid
concerts, while the religious cannot fill it with free services.
Unfortunately, for several decades, music has not been able
to feed the Congolese artist. The music industry has evolved but the Congolese
music industry has not followed. Results: 95% of Congolese artists can no
longer make a living from music. Many have abandoned their careers, and those
who persevere are forced to find other jobs to make ends meet while making
music. Parents discourage their children from going to music career. Only ten
names have survived during all these years, less than 15 artists out of
hundreds of thousands manage to get invitations for concerts outside the
country. Even paying for a studio session becomes a luxury. This situation has
given birth to the “mabanga” phenomenon, where the artist begins to
cite the names of his “benefactors” throughout his song, people who
in return give him some money. A disguised begging habit.
Miziko would like to provide a lasting and definitive
solution to this problem: once again allowing artists to leave poverty and live
on their music. It is abnormal that in a country where nothing is done without
music, artists live and die in poverty. Hundreds of thousands of artists living
on their music all over the country, it is also a solution to youth
unemployment which is a headache in DR Congo. A great opportunity that the
Congolese government should seize to achieve the millennium development goals.
Thanks to Miziko, female artists who do not have the same chances of success as
male artists, will have a way to directly reach their fans and sell their works
without going through managers and other crooks who demand sexual favors before
working with them.
Sustainable development goals
1. No PovertyEnd poverty in all its forms everywhere. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.
By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions
5. Gender EqualityAchieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
9. Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureBuild resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries
Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets
Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities