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Muisi-kongo Malonga's Kimpa Vita - Counter Pulse San Francisco, CA
Good folks it’s been a minute, as I have been in another nzo[ne] working with my #KimpaVita compatriot Muisi-kongo Malonga. Serving another year as Curator with an additional role as Associate Producer, for the past 2 weeks we’ve been re-birthing our project Muisi-kongo Malonga's Kimpa Vita!, in its second year run at Counter Pulse San Francisco's Performing Diaspora series. Honoring #MyKongo propitiates deep Ancestral workings that serve to shed light upon the life of a cultural Martyr and revered Matron Saint -- if you will. Unearthing the life of our Ancient Matriarch, Doña Beatriz Kimpa Vita born near Mount Kibangu in 17th century Kongo Kingdom, lived her destiny under the spoils of Catholic colonialism with a guided mission to unite the Kingdom of Kongo. Often a conduit of spiritual vision while administering consultations to Mani Kongo and her community, she was well respected as an "Nganga Marinda" in Kongo traditions. In her own near death experience, it was believed that she channeled inspirations of Saint Anthony of Padua - Patron Saint of Catholicized Kongo leading to the formation of the Antonian movement, whose training and teachings purported that Jesus and Mary was Black and that Africans too, belonged in Heaven. Ultimately, this led to her demise carefully architected by Catholic authorities to burn her at the stake along with her dedicated companion João Barro – however, it said that her new born child was spared. Yet, even after her death her teachings and followers maintained remnants of her movement, one of many is the symbolic ritual object that personifies an African image on a cross.
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produced a musical theatre adaption name "Cristo Moreno". Boasting an 80 member cast, “Cristo Moreno” [Black Christ] surrounded the legend of an enslaved Angolan named “Benito”, who painted a Black Christ on a mud-brick wall in 17th-century Lima known as Pachacamilla – this act was considered a miracle as the painting survived the devastation of earthquakes in the area. Through further research locating rare books at the San Francisco Public Library and reading numerous articles from research journals, then supported by fellow cast member and Master Drummer Zeke Nealy, we learned that a large number of Angolans were brought to South America during colonialism through slavery. A great number of them were brought to the Pacific Coast to build one of the most important colonies of the Spanish Empire – Peru. We surmised that perhaps "Benito's" “act” was a result of being pre-disposed to an already Catholicized Kingdom of Kongo and even influenced by the teachings of Kimpa Vita's, Antonian Movement. Today, one of the largest Catholic communal processions celebrated the world over venerated as Señor de los Milagros [Lord of Miracles] is in Peru, steeped in African historical roots.
|"Giving Voice" to Ms. Laura Nelson|
|Muisi-Kongo "Petitioning God" portraying Kongolese Matriarch Mama Kimpa Vita|
Counter Pulse San Francisco, Performing Diaspora
Dr. Kimbwandende kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau
… for his unfathomable works assuredly transcend his lifetime here on earth, continuing to expand the breadth of my life amd my works.
- The Kongolese Saint Anthony: Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita and the Antonian Movement 1684-1706, John K. Thorton
- Remembering Mary, Shaping Revolt: Reconsidering the Stono Rebellion, Mark M. Smith
- The African Slave in Colonial Peru, 1524-1650, Frederick P. Bowser