Staff Benda Bilili - Très Très Fort

Très Très Fort

Staff Benda Bilili

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
CD Album 11 tracks £9.99
Download Album (mp3) 11 tracks £7.99
Download Album (flac) 11 tracks £7.99
Download individual tracks   from £0.79

Description

Staff Benda Bilili - Très Très Fort

One of the great global success stories of the past two years, Staff Benda Bilili have become an unstoppable force in international music. A group of street musicians who live in and around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, Congo, they make music of astonishing power and beauty. The band’s mesmerising rumba-rooted grooves, overlaid with vibrant vocals and extraordinary tin-can guitar solos, have been dazzling audiences and media the world over, on record, on stage and on the big screen.

Four paraplegic singer/guitarists form the core of the band, assisted by a ‘hype man’ on crutches who whips the crowd into a frenzy, and backed by an all-acoustic rhythm section pounding out tight grooves. Then, on top of everything, are those inimitable and infectious solos performed by a teenage prodigy on a one-string electric lute he designed and built himself out of a tin can.

Staff Benda Bilili ripped through Europe for the first time in late 2009, spreading the word about debut album 'Très Très Fort' with one of the most talked-about tours of 2009. The continent's media responded in a chorus of praise, with top TV shows (including BBC Newsnight), broadsheet newspapers and world-renowned radios lavishing the band and their album with attention and end-of-year plaudits.

Now it’s 2011, and “Benda Bilili”, a documentary film on the band shot over the past few years by French filmmakers Florent de la Tullaye and Renaud Barret, premiered at the prestigious “Director’s Fortnight” event at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The band proved to be one of the sensations of the festival, with reviews describing them as “The Kinshasa social club” (The Times), and the film as “a rousing depiction of unimaginable poverty and transcendent résolve” (Hollywood Reporter) as well as “"a remarkable documentary and an amazing music film" (Telegraph).

Benda Bilili means "look beyond appearances" - literally: "put forward what is hidden"

Reviews

In world music circles, this eight-piece from the Congo are the most talked about band of the year -Daily Telegraph

Not only do they sound incredible, they exude an inscrutable cool ... In the crowd, jaws drop, as well they should in the presence of such an extraordinary band -Guardian, 5 stars

These are musicians of extremely humble means who create startling warm and vital music from the barest of resources. Making their story even more poignant is that these artists are paraplegics and polio victims. It’s a compelling story for sure, but the music is superb enough to speak for itself. (Pop Matters, USA)

Staff Benda Bilili - The masters of survival, the sound of the ghetto… The musicianship is subtle and precise, forged by the group's extraordinary work ethic, and their sound has a raw simplicity and uniqueness. (The Independent, UK)

The album from Staff Benda Bilili has already generated a degree of excitement to rival the adulation lavished on Malian pop stars Amadou & Mariam -The Times

An extraordinary release with an equally extraordinary backstory (The Wire, UK)

It was a perfect moment, symbolising the purpose of the Africa Express trip to the Congo: some of the most celebrated musicians in Africa and the West playing with members of Staff Benda Bilili, a group formed by homeless and disabled polio victims living in the grounds of Kinshasa Zoo. It was unrehearsed, teetered on the edge of disaster, yet inspirational. (…) The band swayed in time in their antiquated wheelchairs, while a couple of kids danced around. It was achingly lovely music, created out of the most terrible adversity. ‘That was beautiful,’ said [Massive Attack's] Robert del Naja at the end, visibly moved. ‘It was worth coming all this way just to hear that’. (The Independent, UK)

(The makeshift instrument) designed by young Roger Landu is particularly amazing. Made with a simple powder milk tin, a stick and a metal wire, plugged to a pedal and an amp, it generates a riotous guitar-like sound that would make Jimi Hendrix turn pale. (Volume/Les Inrockuptibles, France)

Tracklisting

CD Album (CRAW 51CD)
  1. Staff Benda Bilili - Moto Moindo
  2. Staff Benda Bilili - Polio
  3. Staff Benda Bilili - Je t'aime
  4. Staff Benda Bilili - Sala Keba
  5. Staff Benda Bilili - Moziki
  6. Staff Benda Bilili - Sala Mosala
  7. Staff Benda Bilili - Avramandole
  8. Staff Benda Bilili - Tonkara
  9. Staff Benda Bilili - Marguerite
  10. Staff Benda Bilili - Staff Benda Bilili
  11. Staff Benda Bilili - Mwana
Download Album (CRAW 51)
  1. Staff Benda Bilili - Moto Moindo
  2. Staff Benda Bilili - Polio
  3. Staff Benda Bilili - Je t'aime
  4. Staff Benda Bilili - Sala Keba
  5. Staff Benda Bilili - Moziki
  6. Staff Benda Bilili - Sala Mosala
  7. Staff Benda Bilili - Avramandole
  8. Staff Benda Bilili - Tonkara
  9. Staff Benda Bilili - Marguerite
  10. Staff Benda Bilili - Staff Benda Bilili
  11. Staff Benda Bilili - Mwana

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Moto Moindo 5m 48s £0.79
2 Polio 3m 8s £0.79
3 Je t'aime 5m 1s £0.79
4 Sala Keba 4m 26s £0.79
5 Moziki 4m 56s £0.79
6 Sala Mosala 6m 14s £0.79
7 Avramandole 3m 9s £0.79
8 Tonkara 6m 33s £0.79
9 Marguerite 6m 45s £0.79
10 Staff Benda Bilili 5m 54s £0.79
11 Mwana 6m 52s £0.79
Entire MP3 Download Album (11 tracks) £7.99
MP3 format technical details
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flac downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Moto Moindo 5m 48s £0.79
2 Polio 3m 8s £0.79
3 Je t'aime 5m 1s £0.79
4 Sala Keba 4m 26s £0.79
5 Moziki 4m 56s £0.79
6 Sala Mosala 6m 14s £0.79
7 Avramandole 3m 9s £0.79
8 Tonkara 6m 33s £0.79
9 Marguerite 6m 45s £0.79
10 Staff Benda Bilili 5m 54s £0.79
11 Mwana 6m 52s £0.79
Entire FLAC Download Album (11 tracks) £7.99
FLAC format technical details:
These FLAC tracks are superior to MP3 in that they are compressed without any loss in sound quality. For further technical details or player tips, visit the Help section