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Sunday, 12 July 2015

#473: Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa


From just a single listen, From Kinshasa proves to be a refreshing, diverse and utterly addictive record. Formed from the ashes of the highly acclaimed Staff Benda Bilili, Mbongwana Star (Mbongwana means ‘change’), looked to the younger musicians of Kinshasha’s shanty towns to find people who’d employed the same resourcefulness as the guys who spawned Staff by creating their instruments from whatever they could find. The result is a bizarre and raucous hybrid of tradition and contemporary necessity; something which inevitably caught the eye of Parisian producer Doctor L and brought about this beautiful combination of influence and textures.