Objects classified as works of African art rarely play aesthetic role in Africa. The exhibition entitled Art of Africa — between a Mask and a Fetish presents numerous objects from the collection of the National Museum in Szczecin. The mask is an important and lasting element of culture in Africa.
Nkondi plural varies minkondizinkondior ninkondi  are mystical idols made by the Kongo people of the Congo region. Nkondi are a subclass of minkisi that are considered aggressive. The name nkondi derives from the verb -kondameaning "to hunt" and thus nkondi means "hunter" because they can hunt down and attack wrong-doers, witches, or enemies.
The new album by the Kinshasa-based collective, Kasai Allstars, descends into a fantastical world of heart-thumping, drum-whacking frenzy. Coming across like one of the Congo's peacekeeping projects, the Kasai Allstars brings together five bands - each representative of a separate ethnic group. Combining five different languages and cultures, one thing creates a binding union amongst this Kinshasa-based collective: all five bands have their own musical traditions, and all are extremely keen to flaunt them.
Both Congo Republics and Angola. The Kongo may number about three million people. Numerous subgroups go to form the vast Kongo cultural complex, among which are the Vili, the Woyo and the Yombe. These tribes produce a diversity of artistic styles, with Kongo art being one of the best known.
Nkisi or Nkishi plural varies: minkisizinkisior nkisi are spirits, or an object that a spirit inhabits. It is frequently applied to a variety of objects used throughout the Congo Basin in Central Africa especially in the Territory of Cabinda that are believed to contain spiritual powers or spirits. The term and its concept have passed with the Atlantic slave trade to the Americas.
Nail fetish figures - Boma, Congo Nkondi or Nkonde nail fetish The plural form is minkondi and minkisi Fetishes were protective figures used by individuals, families, or whole communities to destroy or weaken evil spirits, prevent or cure illnesses, repel bad deeds, solemnize contracts or oath-taking, and decide arguments. A diviner or holy person would activate the statue, using magical substances.
The diviner or fetishist's help is sought when there is a need for a mediator between the community and the powers of the supernatural. Fetish figures were usually the work of two men, the carver and the fetishist. The carver created the shape but without the fetishist "Nganga" the figure had no meaning.
On the outskirts of Brazzaville, we slowed to a stop behind unmoving traffic and a commotion ahead. On the opposite side of the road a minibus passed, an agitated chanting crowd chased it. It was then we noticed all the men were clutching their genitals.