#3 Staff Benda Bilili – CONGO

20 Jul

Je t’aime – Staff Benda Bilili

Staff Benda Bilili, a group of Congalse street performers, can be found cruising around the grounds of Kinshasa Zoo on their fleet of custom motorized tricycles.

The band of homeless guitar-pickers is comprised of paraplegic polio victims that found it impossible to join other bands in Kinshasa. With four senior members and a team of abandoned street kids, Staff Benda Bilili are an orchestra of improvised instruments banging out joyful rhythm and blues.

Offering wisdom and refuge through music and presence the band has become a beacon in the homeless community. In Lingala, the spoken language in the North Western Congo, “Benda Bilili” means look beyond appearances.

Staff Benda Bilili Homepage


2 Responses to “#3 Staff Benda Bilili – CONGO”

  1. sararich July 20, 2010 at 3:31 am #

    This is awesome. I lived in Kinshasa for three years… I’m glad you’re blogging about them!!

    • unboundedsong July 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

      Thanks sararich, these guys are great! Just bought all their albums. Thanks for checking out my blog!

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