Carsten Höller: "Fara Fara" — a Film Not Made
Fara Fara means face-to-face in Lingala and is a musical phenomenon deeply rooted in Congolese culture. Two groups play at the same time at adjacent locations, and the ones who play longest win. In times gone by, disputes were sometimes settled in this way; nowadays, it is more about musical leadership. A Fara Fara is a massive event attracting huge crowds, but it happens very rarely.
This book is about a film where a Fara Fara takes place in Kinshasa, a musical battle between the two major proponents of Congolese contemporary rumba. At the time of publication, the film had not yet been made. The book contains photographs taken during various preparatory trips, made since 2001 by Pierre Björk, Hoyte van Hoytema, Reed Kram, Armin Linke, Mans Mansson, Giovanna Silva, Patrik Strömdahl, and the directors. The Swedish writer and music cognoscente Elin Unnes provided the text.
Bilingual in English and French.
Published by Humboldt Books, 2015, foil-stamped, flexibound softcover, 224 pages, 6.25 x 4.2 inches.