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Prom 74: Staff Benda Bilili and Baloji

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 28 December 2012

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy

A late night Prom with the Congolese street band Staff Benda Bilili, who perform music from their latest Album Bouger Le Monde (Make the World Move) and are also joined by the brilliant Congolese-Belgo rapper Baloji.

Staff Benda Bilili, a group of paraplegic street musicians and ex-street kids from the Democratic Republic of Congo, are one of the most inspiring success stories in the global music scene. They live around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa and make music rooted in Soukous (or African rumba) with elements of old-school rhythm and blues, reggae and funk. In this late night Prom they perform material from their latest release Bouger Le Monde, and also join forces with the Congolese-born and Belgian-educated rapper Baloji, who mixes old and cutting-edge sounds with bitingly modern lyrics.


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