"We have witnessed a burning enthusiasm, an unhesitating encouragement for the other side of human folly: excessive projects, manic perfectionism, obsessive work - all the symptoms of this disease called Art - a disease without which our stay on earth would resemble a vast waiting room in a station without trains."
“When I play music, even when I did not eat or drink, I will forget all of that. When I am in front of the instrument, everything else does not count anymore. Also money does not count. I can play for no money at all, it does not matter. The only thing that matters then is the pleasure of performing music. If I would not have my musical activity, I might have abandoned my struggle in life a long time ago. I love music so much. So when I play music, even if I am in trouble and have no money, I dash into it, take a dip and experience as an immersion into the music, feeling one with it.”
Cl, 25-year old former member of a violent gang, Kinshasa, DR Congo