Staff Benda Bilili

Staff Benda Bilili
Photograph: Christophe MacPherson/Crammed Discs Staff Benda Bilili

However hardwired the musical omniverse grows, now and then a genuinely unimaginable miracle bubbles up from some unsuspected corner. Miracle doesn't feel like too strong a word to use in reference to Staff Benda Bilili, an astonishingly joyous troupe of street musicians, some of them paraplegic, who came together on the grounds of the Kinshasa Zoo in the Congo. Pay close attention to Roger Landu, virtuoso player on a one-stringed tin-can guitar of his own invention, as the band makes its New York debut under the auspices of the World Music Institute.


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