Congolese Dancer Fumu Jahmez Returns for #TAAP5

About being a knucklehead: an elder once told me that as a Congolese brother I have the lineage of one thousand ancestors coursing through me and that I should listen to the universe and trust what it's telling me.

Fumu says in his interview that he needs to be connected to himself in his artistic process; this immediately struck a cord with me. It strikes a cord because I believe channeling oneself is one passage towards mastery; being able to look at ourselves in the mirror and accept ourselves, including the monsters that haunt us.

It is important to learn to connect with those monsters, become a single entity with them, and dare I say, let them drive us. Somewhere along the lines of this meditation process there is a spark that moves us, a spark that explodes into dance. This explosion is what Fumu Jahmez brings to the table every time I see him dance at events, including the Annex Art Party. 

Fumu returns for a 3rd time at The Annex Art Party #TAAP5 at 720 Bathurst Street starting at 2:00pm on Saturday August 25th.

Congolese dancer Fumu Jahmez

Fumu Jahmez, I am Congolese born artist who came to Canada as a child. I grew up in Quebec City and Toronto.

What do you do? 

I am multidisciplinary artist who engages in dance, song, poetry, teaching, playing instruments and percussion. I also write songs and arrange music.

What are you working on right now?*

I am currently working on a musical project

Why did you get started?

I got started because of the fire that was burning inside of me and my parents supported my artistic qualities.

Describe your creative process?

I need to be connected with myself in order to create. Spending time alone at times is what helps me translate the things I see and hear in my mind. Aligning myself with people who can help bring the vision alive is also extremely important. Being genuine with the creation is a requirement and it has to truly speak to me first.

Who is your art for? Why is it important?

My art is for me and everyone it reaches. It is important because I was created to bring a contribution on earth with gifts given to me. It is important because it keeps me healthy emotionally, mentally and physically and that translate to others as well.

If you could tell your younger self anything what would it be and why? 

To only put your energy on something you love doing and to do it wholeheartedly because it is easy to get lost in other people's dreams and visions.

What are your views on homelessness, mental health in the arts community?

My views on these issues are that we need balance where people lose it abs we should create less of a stigma around people who are experiencing these things in the arts community. Healing can be obtained through the arts for people to find their centre again.

What is your Instagram (or Portfolio) Url? *

fumujahmez

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