Staff Benda Blili

Pic - Guillaume ARICIQUE

Staff Benda Bilili (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Expect the unexpected on a night of life-affirming music from the streets of Kinshasa. Filled with raw power, intese joy and delicate beauty, Staff Benda Bilili's music sees Congolese rumba blended with 70s funk, Cuban son and mambo.

Discovered by Damon Albarn as part of Africa Express, this unique group is comprised of paraplegic street musicians in suped-up three-wheelers and street kids from around the Kinshasa Zoo, proving good music can never be kept down.

"The most exciting band to emerge from Africa in years... Very, very strong. Very, very great. Very, very loud." - 
Financial Times