Staff Benda Bilili
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Paraplegic street musicians Staff Benda Bilili play the Proms

A group of paraplegic street musicians and ex-street kids from the Democratic Republic of Congo are getting ready to wow audiences at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms Festival on Thursday, 6 September.

Staff Benda Bilili have earned themselves a global following with their tunes which are rooted in Soukous (African rumba) but sprinkled with elements of old-school rhythm and blues, reggae and funk.

With three albums under their belt as well as a long list of stage and screen credits, the days when they lived and played around the grounds of a zoo in Kinshasa seem far behind.

Alex Jakana went along to see them rehearse.

You can hear Staff Benda Bilili at the BBC Proms Festival on Thursday 6 September, 10.15pm (BST)

  • 07 Sep 2012
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