The hypnotic beat of the drums and the loud melody of the trumpets announce the beginning of the wrestling match. The athletes get ready, after they crossed the Congo River: tonight, in Brazzaville, the opponents are from Kinshasa.
It is “Catch Fetiche”. “His opponent called for an invisible elephant to come and seat on him…” there is no question of what is fake or not fake. Most of those Magic athletes are former soldiers or street kids, who see in wrestling an opportunity to earn a better living or get out of the misery they grew up in.
The audience is impressed with the Voodoo-like tricks developed by the competitors and their little Buddha. Edingwe, in his late 40’s, the big star of DRC wrestling scene, is fighting for the title. “He is not so fit but, you’ll see trucks of magic with him”, whispers someone in the audience.