Staff Benda Bilili
April 26, 2008 3:30 AM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (47 comments total)
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The other day I happened to come upon a music video that is just so grooving, so human and so real
, that, well, it moved
me, darling. Just check it out
. After watching the clip, I learned that these guys are mostly disabled by polio (that's why several of them are in those rather unusual wheelchairs) and that they were living on the grounds of the Kinshasa zoo, which is where the clip was filmed. Then I learned that last year they were seeking to bring a lawsuit against the UN
. Then I found some other clips
. And now I am a major
fan of Staff Benda Bilili
And how 'bout that totally awesome
ultra-high-pitched musical bow that young man is playing? Is that not the coolest instrument ever?
Here's a short interview
I found, with UN press officer Kemal Saiki, concerning the allegations against the UN by Staff Benda Bilili.
Here's an article concerning African disabled musicians, including Staff Benda Bilili, called Music from the Motherland
And this recent article
from The Independent mentions Staff Benda Bilili in its last paragraph. Referring to "Na Lingi Yo" (the tune featured prominently in this FPP) the article says: "It was worth coming all this way just to hear that one song."
A blog entry
that I came across, on the video, from last year.