"Joy in the Congo" on tour

Since their 2012 introduction on 60 Minutes, Congo's Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra has gained some notoriety, from L.A. to the U.K.

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The Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra (OSK) is based in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Having gone through decades of war, the DRC is a fragile country and among one of the poorest in the world. But those challenges have never deterred the 200-member orchestra and choir from playing and composing beautiful classical music. The OSK will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, and we thought it would be nice to see what they've been up to since they were first introduced on 60 Minutes two years ago.


The following is a script of the video produced for 60 Minutes Overtime by Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson and Sarah Shafer.

[Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra performing "Ode to Joy."]

60 Minutes first profiled Congo's Kimbanguist symphony orchestra in 2012.

[Bob Simon in 2012: You had no musicians, you had no teachers, you had no instruments.]

[Armand Diangienda: Yes.]

[Bob Simon: And you had no one who knew how to read music.]

[Armand Diangienda: No, nobody, nobody.]

Since then, the orchestra has gained some notoriety -- the string section and their conductor, Armand Diangienda traveled to Los Angeles last year.

Armand Diangienda: I was traveling with them; I couldn't believe I was there with them in the plane. I cried in the plane, I said, "Oh my God, things became true now." So I'm really happy to be here.

[Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra performing original composition.]

They played for the L.A. Philharmonic's conductor, Gustavo Dudamel.

Gustavo Dudamel: Sounds great, wonderful, magnifique.

And performed at the TED conference.

[Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra performing original composition "Luba."]

This past September most of the orchestra and choir, 101 of them, traveled to Great Britain -- hitting four cities.

[Sound engineer: Mic check one, two...]

For their first tour outside of Kinshasa together. After a thorough rehearsal and some down time. They performed before a packed house in Bristol's Colston Hall.

[Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra performing original composition.]

The orchestra was also invited to play with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

[Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain performing "Ode to Joy."]