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Staff Benda Bilili

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Years Active: 2005 (2005)––present

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Staff Benda Bilili are a group of Congolese street musicians. They live around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, and play music which is rooted in rumba, with elements of old-school rhythm'n'blues and reggae.

The core of the band consists of four senior singers/guitarist, who all disabled (they suffered from poliomyelitis when they were young) and move around in spectacularly customized tricycles. They are backed by a younger rhythm section consisting of ex-sheges, abandoned street kids who were taken under the protection of the older members of the band.

The soloist is an 18 year-old boy who plays astounding electric guitar-like solos on a one-stringed lute he designed and built himself out of a tin can.The albumEntitled Tres Tres Fort, the band's debut album was released on Crammed Discs in March 2009.

It was produced over the course of three years by Crammed's Vincent Kenis (known for introducing and producing bands such as Konono No1, Kasai Allstars, and for the Congotronics series). Kenis recorded the band mostly in the Kinshasa zoo.

The album also contains four of Barret & de la Tullaye's videosWebsite links:

Staff Benda Bilili performs music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book Staff Benda Bilili for your event, Please Contact. Staff Benda Bilili has more than 27.4K listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are  Afel Bocoum, Nahawa Doumbia, Ayub Ogada, Oliver Mtukudzi, Geoffrey Oryema . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Staff Benda Bilili for an upcoming event.

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