Roger Kwami Zinga

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Roger Kwami Mambu Zinga
Monique Mbeka Phoba and Roger Kwami.jpg
Born Roger Kwami with Monique Mbeka Phoba
Died 22 February 2004
Nationality Democratic Republic of the Congo
Occupation Filmmaker
Known for Moseka

Roger Kwami Mambu Zinga (1943 – 22 February 2004) was a filmmaker in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Kwami Mambu Zinga studied film at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, graduating in 1971. The next year he was the author of the first Congolese film to win an award in an international festival. His Moseka won the prize for short film at FESPACO 1972.[1] This movie shows the return of the native son to the DRC after studying in Belgium and adjusting to his new life back in Zaire.[2] He co-directed Tango ya ba Wendo (1993) with the Belgian documentary maker Mirko Popowitch. This film documents the old and talented Congolese musician Wendo Kolossoy, considered to be the "father of Congolese music".[3]

For almost two decade Kwami tried to make Libanga, a feature film, but conditions in Zaire did not make this possible.[4] However, he directed several other films.[5] At the time of his death he held the position of Director of Cinematography for television. He was also the President of the Congolese Association of Filmmakers and an active member of the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (Fepaci), for which he was the Regional Secretary for Central Africa. He died on 22 February 2004 in Kinshasa.[1]


  1. ^ a b Monique Mbeka Phoba. "Hommage : in memoriam Roger Kwami Zinga (1943-2004)". AfriBD. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  2. ^ "ROGER KWAMI MAMBU ZINGA - MOSEKA". Amakula. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  3. ^ "TANGO YA BA WENDO (WENDO, PÈRE DE LA RUMBA ZAÏROISE)". Africine. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Roger Kwami Mambu Zinga". Africultures. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Roger Kwami Mambu Zinga". FCAT. Retrieved 2012-03-18.