From Kinshasa
May 29, 2015 3:18 AM   Subscribe

‘Tired of pre-conceptions around African music, Mbongwana Star are creating their own identity, fusing traditional Congolese rhythms with post punk and electronics inspired by life in the townships around them, “making magic out garbage”’—some tracks on YouTube: Malukayi (ft. Konono No. 1); Shégué; Nganshe; Kala. You can listen to their debut album From Kinshasa in full on Soundcloud (some reviews 1, 2, 3).

After the break-up of their former band Staff Benda Bilili, Coco Ngambali & Theo Nzonza teamed up with Dublin-born, Paris-based producer Liam Farrell (aka ‘Doctor L’) to form this new group (mbongwana apparently means ‘change’ in Lingala).
posted by misteraitch (6 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
I am loving the videos!
posted by Dip Flash at 4:17 AM on May 29, 2015

I'm going to see these next week.

Really excited to hear the album. Thanks.
posted by alanbee at 4:26 AM on May 29, 2015

This is perfect for me today - thanks for the post!
posted by bird internet at 5:19 AM on May 29, 2015

Hah! I was listening to My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts earlier, and the segue is good. Thanks very much...
posted by Devonian at 7:36 AM on May 29, 2015

I didn't know I needed this. I needed this.
posted by downtohisturtles at 6:44 PM on May 29, 2015

Also from Kinshasa, and tangentially related to the above (as it also features the talents of Konono N°1), a fascinating video for Karibu Ya Bintou by Baloji.
posted by misteraitch at 8:30 AM on June 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

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