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Staff Benda Bilili

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Staff Benda Bilili are a group of street musicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They used to live around the grounds of the zoo in the country's capital city, Kinshasa, and play music which is rooted in rumba, ...

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Biography

Staff Benda Bilili are a group of street musicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They used to live around the grounds of the zoo in the country's capital city, Kinshasa, and play music which is rooted in rumba, with elements of old-school rhythm 'n' blues and reggae. The core of the band consists of four senior singers/guitarists, who are paraplegic (they had poliomyelitis when they were young) and move around in spectacularly customized tricycles. They are backed by a younger rhythm section consisting of abandoned street children who were taken under the protection of the older members of the band. The soloist is an 18 year-old boy (2009) who plays guitar-like solos on an electrified one-stringed lute he designed and built himself out of a tin can. The group's name translates roughly from Lingala as "look beyond appearances".

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Mutu Esalaka (The Brains Are OK)
Ngambali: Kuluna/Gangs
Kuluna / Gangs
Apandjokwetu
Osali Mabe (You've Done the Wrong Thing)
Osali Mabe (You've Done the Wrong Thing)
Tonkara - Crammed Discs - Craw
Staff Benda Bilili - Crammed DiscS
Unknown, taken from the DVD Jupiter's Dance
Unknown, taken from the DVD Jupiter's Dance
Cuir an ceol is ansa leat le do sheinnliosta agus bain sult as

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