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Mbongwana Star
From Kinshasa

 

FOR FANS OF

Tal National, Fela Kuti, The Very Best

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

Spacey keyboard sounds and a sense of joyous celebration are not things you expect to emerge from a nation torn apart by civil war and catastrophic levels of sexual violence. Yet that’s what’s heard on From Kinshasa, the debut album of the first band I’ve ever heard to emerge from The Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s not surprising though that Mbongwana Star has developed a sound that feels completely unique to themselves. While a lineage to classic Afro-funk and Mande Music can be drawn, the band inventively meshes those classic African styles with inventive use of electronics to create an album that’s stylistically diverse and adventurous. As Alexis Petridis of The Guardian noted in his review, From Kinshasa possesses a hypnotic element which personally makes for a psychedelic music experience beyond anything else I’ve heard emerge from the vast continent of Africa.

FAVORITE SONGS

Nganshé, Suzanna, Malukayi (feat. Konono N 1)

RELEASE INFO

Year: 2015
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Label: World Circuit

TRACKLIST

1. From Kinshasa to the Moon
2. Shegue
3. Nganshe
4. Masobele
5. Coco Blues
6. Malukayi (feat. Konono N 1)
7. Suzanna
8. Kimpala Pala
9. Kala
10. 1 Million C’est Quoi?

Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
4.5Constant Rotation