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Bouger Le Monde

Staff Benda BililiAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: September 4, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Crammed Discs
  • ASIN: B008F615Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Osali Mabe (3:54)
2. Sopeka (4:19)
3. Bilanga (4:27)
4. Tangu I Fueni (5:26)
5. Kulana/Gangs (5:43)
6. Djambula (3:54)
7. Libala Ya Mungwa (4:22)
8. Souci (6:41)
9. Apandjokwetu (4:03)
10. Ne Me Quitte Pas (4:16)
11. Mutu Esalaka ("The Brains Are OK") (5:10)

Editorial Reviews

One of the most inspiring success stories in the global music scene, fearless Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili is back with its long-awaited follow-up album Bouger Le Monde, which bears witness to the spectacular musical evolution of the group, and to its intent to keep making... the world shake! (as stated in the album's title).

Everyone must know their story by now: formed by paraplegic street musicians who, at the time, slept on the streets of Kinshasa and rehearsed in the half-abandoned city zoo, Staff Benda Bilili conquered worldwide audiences and media thanks to their enchanting music, their relentless energy and their uplifting optimism. Upon the 2009 release of their first album, Tres Tres Fort, the band instantaneously became one of the most emblematic African bands around, as well as a symbol of resilience and triumph over adversity.

This new album, recorded once again in Kinshasa, D.R.C., contains a collection of 11 superb songs, and benefits from the musical transformations which gradually took place during Staff Benda Bilili's 350+ shows: the band are louder and rock more, their level of musicianship has further risen, and the addition of three new members brings richer textures and added excitement to the arrangements: drummer Montana had joined the band right after the recording of the 1st album, lead guitarist Amalphi is a new recruit, and young percussionist Randy (who played with the Staff when he was a kid, and later vanished for a couple of years) is back in force.

Another significant innovation is that the lead vocal duties are now shared between no less than seven singers: in addition to Coco, Ricky and Theo (who sang most of the songs until now), bass player Cavalier, drummer Montana, "hype-man" Kabose, and Roger (he of the amazing tin-can-and-string solos) are all featured as lead vocalists on the album, which contains lyrics in no less than four different Congolese languages, plus the customary sections in French.

Bouger Le Monde wonderfully translates the band's new sound: it's more powerful and sophisticated, yet retains and showcases all the idiosyncratic qualities of their makeshift instruments, and is as lyrical and moving as it ever was. The album was produced once again by Crammed's Vincent Kenis (of Congotronics fame) who, this time, didn't set up his mobile studio in the zoo, but in the old Renapec studio, where legendary rumba/soukouss stars such as Franco, Tabu Ley, Papa Wemba, and Pepe Kalle recorded some of their best work.

According to Staff Benda Bilili, Bouger Le Monde "move the world" or "make the world shake" refers to several things at once: 1. their wish to modestly contribute to changing the world (through the message conveyed by their music and their attitude); 2. their will to help change their own, local world (they're involved in helping disabled people and homeless children in their city of Kinshasa); and 3. their firm intention to get their audiences to get up on their feet and dance!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving The World October 1, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
It is the apex of the so-called "Congotronics" movement that Crammed Discs has been pushing with Konono No. 1 and similar bands. It is innovative but still rooted in a firm roots tradition. It is socially committed but not predictably or boringly so. And it will help you shake your butt. Easily a candidate for best record of the year. -Matt Cibula, PopMatters

Bouger Le Monde offers a celebration of life: "Osali Mabe" brims with uptempo energy and sparkling soukous guitar lines, while "Bilanga" is speedy rumba-rock stippled with percussion and streaked with the banshee runs of Roger Landu's satongé. Their songs focus on self-reliance - "My handicap doesn't stop me from being clever," they sing in "Mutu Esakala" - and they're unafraid of criticising gangsters, priests and politicians. After all, they've faced down tougher challenges.
-Andy Gill, The Independent

Kinshasa's troupe of disabled musicians have indeed "moved the world" with their trajectory from street scufflers to international stars, a feat celebrated here on Apandjokwetu. Recorded in a studio rather than in the zoo gardens, this second outing presents a richer, more percussive sound, albeit one still shot through with the zinging pyrotechnics of tin-can guitar. Its lilting, layered vocals and loping grooves are anchored in the conventions of Congo's 1980s soukous, though there's an expedition into swamp blues on Djambula. Its themes range across disability, street gangs and shady preachers, and the edginess of their debut still lurks below the polished vocal harmonies.
-Neil Spencer, The Observer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joy and Optimism April 4, 2014
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Of course the back story of Staff Benda Billi is incredibly inspiring and fascinating, but all that aside, these guys are just a very talented and hard-working band and this new album makes for a delightful listening experience.

Listening to these songs, most people will be struck by "that instrument," one that's been called a "tin can and string". But the whole stew of percussion and stringed instruments create a lively, addictive sound. I like the description in the main review that praised the band for its "relentless energy and uplifting optimism." That really nails it. To me, Staff Benda Billi remind me a bit of the music that Mahlathini was making in the 1980s. Not that these guys have copied Mahlathini's trademark vocal "growl", not at all, but the songs share a similar sense of joy and euphoria. Musical sunshine for a cloudy world. Turn it up and dance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Wonderful! September 11, 2013
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This is music from Congo which sounds so Caribbean. It'll have you dancing all over the house. But if you buy the DVD "Staff Benda Bilili" the music takes on a whole new meaning. The band is all homeless and/or disabled, and unbelievably inspiring.
I just fell in love with these folks. The conga player is about 9 years old. There's another kid who plays a homemade one-stringed instrument which is made from a tin can. The leader of the group makes sure that any money they receive is used by the most needy person and then shared equally. But this is all an aside . . . the music stands on its own. As I said, it's wonderful! Lynne Farr
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Staff Benda Bilili would be my heroes anyway just because of their story and their joy in music in the face of adversity. On top of all that, they are an incredible band with great individual talent and amazing group chemistry. I like a lot of their first album, but the production values here really bring their many talents to the fore and this is an exquisite album of Congolese guitar music with their crazy homemade percussion kit and tin can guitar thrown in for good measure. Osali Mabe is one of my favorite tracks of this year and every time I play it for someone their immediate response is first, what is that instrument, and second, who is this? One of my friends describes his life as "I have to listen to my African pop in the basement because my wife can't stand it" - even the wife in this family was quite taken with Staff Benda Bilili, music and story both. 5 stars, highly recommended.
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