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On sunday I went to Brussels to the black district called " Matonge" where a street party took place this weekend. In this district almost all people are africans, coming mostly from the Congo or sometimes also from Senegal.
The congo was an ancient colony of Belgium and is independent since 1960. The Congo had been bought by the Belgian King Leopold II in 1908 and given as a gift to his country. That's why so many Congolese are living here for different reasons.
The street party takes place every year and is of course very colorful ! When I arrived I could smell the odor of strange, exotic food. There were so many stands each of them with another speciality !
A lot of african women were dressed in their home costumes, long very colorful dresses with a kind of high turbans on their heads. Drums and congolese songs made an enormous noise, especially the drums which went through your whole body.
People sold african jewlery, shirts, statues and masks in many stands. The streets were decorated with baloons, colored flags and everybody seemed to be in a very good mood. For the evening african danses were foreseen and other shows.
It was like going on holidays, I drove to Brussels and found myself suddenly in the middle of Africa ! Exept of the heat of course !