The seed of a musical miracle took root in the Congo's capital city of Kinshasa 20 years ago when the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra was founded. Watch as the orchestra rehearses Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, known as the "Ode to Joy," the last movement of Beethoven's last symphony.
The Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra is the only symphony orchestra in Central Africa and the only all-black orchestra in the world. Almost all of the musicians started out as beginners with little musical training or the ability to read music, but with practice and time, the volunteer musicians have developed a repertoire that includes Bach, Mendelssohn, and Handel. Watch these volunteer musicians and vocalists perform Handel's "Messiah."