Staff Benda Bilili
  • Blues/ Folk/ World
  • Award-winning Congolese band.

    "Staff Benda Bilili are like nothing you have ever seen or heard before. Their name translates as 'look beyond appearances' or literally to 'put forward what is hidden'.

    A group of street musicians who live in and around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, they make music of astonishing power and beauty. The band's mesmerising rumba-rooted grooves, overlaid with vibrant vocals, remind you at times of Cuban nonchalance, at other times of the Godfather of Soul himself."

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