"Stronger Together": U.S. and Congolese Bands Unite for Joint Tour in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire

This initiative marks the 64th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Republic of the Congo, highlighting both nations' commitment to peace, cultural exchange, and mutual understanding.



By U.S. Africa Command Public Affairs United States Africa Command Stuttgart, Germany Jul 02, 2024
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BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo – The United States Air Forces in Europe and Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) Band will embark on a joint tour across the Republic of the Congo, presenting a diverse musical program that includes classical standards and popular American hits. The tour will also feature educational masterclasses in collaboration with the Congolese Defense Forces Band.

This initiative marks the 64th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Republic of the Congo, highlighting both nations' commitment to peace, cultural exchange, and mutual understanding.

"The 'Stronger Together' tour underscores U.S. Air Forces Africa’s dedication to our African partners," said Lt. Col. Toro-Quiñones, commander of the USAFE-AFAFRICA Band. "Through music, we aim to strengthen regional relationships and promote a secure, stable, and prosperous Africa."

Performances in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire aim to enhance international bonds and deepen partnerships with the local population. "Music’s ability to transcend barriers highlights its power to foster unity," noted Dominik Halnais, a representative from the U.S. Band. "Our joint performances exemplify how music bridges divides and contributes to global peace and prosperity."

The "Stronger Together" tour highlights include:

  • A visit to the School of Art in Brazzaville with an outdoor performance alongside local student musicians.

  • Masterclasses at Villa Washington and the French Institute in Pointe-Noire, engaging young artists and local musicians.

  • Concert at the Memorial Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza in Brazzaville on July 3 at 6 p.m.

  • Concert at the cultural center Tati Loutard in Pointe Noire on July 6 at 6 p.m.

"The tour reflects the commitment of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Mission to the Republic of the Congo to strengthen bilateral relations through cultural exchanges," emphasized U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo Eugene Young. "We are dedicated partners, building a future of mutual support and trust."

Join us for these memorable concerts in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, and witness the transformative power of musical diplomacy.

For media inquiries or further information, please contact: 

USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs Media Operations: usafepao.pao@us.af.mil

U.S. Africa Command Public Affairs: africom-pao@mail.mil

U.S. Embassy Brazzaville Public Affairs: PASBRAZZA@state.gov

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