Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa

I got a text from my wife that read "Brian Eno? Or some world music?". I chose world, and when my wife returned from WOMAD she brought with her this charming record.
A Franco-Congolese hybrid of traditional rumba, electronica, and pretty spiffing production techniques, Mbongwana Star are comprised of two members of the paraplegic group Staff Benda Billi, with the addition of French producer Doctor L. A sort of aggressive, punk-tinged take on traditional Congolese music, all underpinned by extremely modern synths,  the album manages to be a very modern take on 'world' music, without simply bastardising western pop music from twenty years ago, as seems so often to be the case.
Check out the single 'Kala' below.

Pick up the vinyl here -

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