Musician JaJa Beshengezi Visits NLHS

Musician JaJa Beshengezi Visits NLHS
Posted on 06/02/2016
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Jean-Jean Bashengezi known by his childhood name "JAJA", was born and raised in Bukavu, the capital of Kivu province in eastern DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), former Zaire. As a guitarist, a singer and a song writer, JaJa has discovered world music after such a long musical career since 1998 while in exile in East Africa. Speaking six different languages, playing three different traditional instruments on top of guitar, this makes his music more diverse and more inspiring.

On Thursday morning, JaJa visited New London High School to perform solo with his guitar and other traditional African instruments. During his performance, JaJa sang one of his songs, “Refugee”, saying that as a refugee he longs to go home, but once he gets there he’s afraid no one will remember him. “Sometimes as a refugee you feel like you have no country, at the end of the day you find that you have no nationality,” he said. “I am a citizen of the world.”

As part of his visit, students in French I to IV were invited to his performance, as they are completing their series on the Francophone World.

To thank JaJa for his visit and on behalf of the French class, 11th grader Kessiah-Ali Powell-Keyon painted a gorilla, as there are roughly 700 mountain gorillas remaining on Earth, and nearly half live in the forests of the Virunga mountains in Central Africa.

Watch his presentation here.


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