The Congolese culture has been affected by a diverse range of natural environments, including the savannah plains of the North Niari flooded forests, the vast Congo River, the steep mountains and forest of Mayombe, and 170 kilometers of beaches along the Atlantic coast. Once upon a time, the existence of many ethnic groups and varied governmental systems (Kongo Empire, Kingdom of Loango kingdom Teke, Northern chiefdoms) offered tremendous variety in traditional cultures as well as many old creative manifestations. Vili Nail fetishes, Bembe statuettes that are extremely expressive despite their tiny size, weird Punu and Kwele masks, Kinabalu reliquaries, Teke fetishes, fascinating cemeteries with their massive graves, Lari country The Congolese have a significant colonial architectural history that they are rediscovering now as part of their lineage and tourism capital. They are also taking tremendous care, at least in Brazzaville, to repair these antiques.
Tourism is a minor resource in the Congo, with reception facilities centered in Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville without an adequate and reliable communications network. Many places are difficult to see, but ironically, some of the South’s most populated and developed areas are often the most difficult to reach. The enormous Chaillu Mountains, for example, are almost difficult to explore.
Many Congolese singers have carried the country’s image to the farthest reaches of the globe: the Franco-Congolese rapper Passi, who is currently based in France, is responsible for the release of several hit albums such as the “Temptations” with the famous song “I zap and I mate,” not to mention the M’Passi singer of the former group Melgroove, rappers Calbo of Arsenik, Ben J of Neg Marrons, Mystic
Several authors from the Republic of Congo are well-known throughout Africa and the French-speaking world, including Alain Mabanckou and Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard. Tchicaya U Tam’si, Jeannette Ballou Tchichelle, Henri Lopes, Lassy Mbouity, and Jeannette Ballou Tchichelle.
Other creative forms, such as cinema, often fail to break through. Following a strong start in the 1970s, the unstable political environment and the shutdown of theaters hampered output. Each year, the nation produces no feature films, and most creators direct broadcast their video productions. Unfortunately, Congolese culture, art, and media have remained a bad investment owing to the instability created by successive administrations.