Pitcho Womba Konga

Director / actor / producer rapper

Pitcho Womba Konga is a rapper, producer and actor. Cut off from his roots, he is constantly searching for his true identity, finding an outlet in his writing and in hip hop culture. 

In the 1980s this multidisciplinary Belgian with Congolese roots fled Mobutu’s totalitarian regime along with his father. Pitcho has released three solo albums and has performed all over the world in theatre productions by figures such as Peter Brook, Amadou Hampâté Bâ, Ruud Gielens and Joël Pommerat. On the big screen he played roles in the thriller Wasteland (2014) and the short film De Overkant (2015).

In 2016, Pitcho Womba Konga played in the much-lauded performance Malcolm X. He contributes to MAPping Brussels and he is directing Kuzikiliza, a first step towards which he already performed during WIP2016. Pitcho believes that KVS has the capacity and desire to take an interest in what is going on in the streets of the capital, whilst retaining a world-oriented focus.

In season 2019-2020 Pitcho Womba Konga is omnipresent in KVS: in January he holds the fifth edition of Congolisation, a multidisciplinary arts festival full of expos, performances, films and conferences. It wants to showcase the artistic diversity of the Congolese and African diaspora within the Belgian cultural landscape. And in spring 2020 he will present his new piece Fire Will Become Ashes, But Not Now. For this second creation he draws his inspiration from James Baldwin, and more specifically from the non-fiction book The Fire Next Time

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