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It's safe to say there's never been a group quite like Staff Benda Bilili. Most of the bandmembers are polio victims confined to customized tricycles, except for the youngest, 17-year-old Roger Landu, who plays a one-string lute he made himself. Recorded in the Kinshasa zoo, where the members spend most of their time, using electricity stolen from another building, this is a disc filled with ambient noise -- and some wonderful music. Much of it, unsurprisingly, is Congolese rhumba, as on "Moto Moindo." The four singer/guitarists harmonize liltingly, but the real instrumental star is Landu, who flicks out riffs and solos on his instrument like a virtuoso. The band does mix...
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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's safe to say there's never been a group quite like Staff Benda Bilili. Most of the bandmembers are polio victims confined to customized tricycles, except for the youngest, 17-year-old Roger Landu, who plays a one-string lute he made himself. Recorded in the Kinshasa zoo, where the members spend most of their time, using electricity stolen from another building, this is a disc filled with ambient noise -- and some wonderful music. Much of it, unsurprisingly, is Congolese rhumba, as on "Moto Moindo." The four singer/guitarists harmonize liltingly, but the real instrumental star is Landu, who flicks out riffs and solos on his instrument like a virtuoso. The band does mix up the sound, offering some light funk on the track named after themselves and on "Je T'Aime," and some reggae inflections on "Sala Mosala." There's a very positive attitude throughout the songs: these guys might be handicapped, but it's not going to stop them. The musicians are remarkable, the guerrilla recording just about perfect. But the real gift here is the music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Crammed Disc Us
  • UPC: 876623005872
  • Catalog Number: 51

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Moto Moindo (5:47)
  2. 2 Polio (3:08)
  3. 3 Je T'Aime (5:00)
  4. 4 Sala Keba (4:25)
  5. 5 Moziki (4:55)
  6. 6 Sala Mosala (6:14)
  7. 7 Avramandole (3:09)
  8. 8 Tonkara (6:32)
  9. 9 Marguerite (6:44)
  10. 10 Staff Benda Bilili (5:54)
  11. 11 Mwana (9:25)
  12. 12 Je T'Aime
  13. 13 Polio
  14. 14 Tonkara
  15. 15 Staff Benda Bilili
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Staff Benda Bilili Primary Artist
Vincent Kenis Guitar, Guest Appearance
Roger Landu Vocals
Ricky Likabu Vocals
Randy Buda Percussion
Paulin Kiara-Maigi Bass Guitar
Kabamba Kabose Kasungo Vocals
Theo Nsituvuidi Guitar, Vocals
Djuana Tanga-Suele Vocals
Cubain Kabeya Drums, Vocals
Coco Ngambali Guitar, Vocals
Zadis Mbulu Nzungu Vocals
Technical Credits
Vincent Kenis Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Handicapped Ones

    Heard about the folks on NRP, searched online and bought their CD. Very interesting beats and melody.

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