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Tres Tres Fort

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It's safe to say there's never been a group quite like Staff Benda Bilili. Most of the bandmembers are polio victims confined to customized tricycles, except for the youngest, 17-year-old Roger Landu, who plays a one-string lute he made himself. Recorded in the Kinshasa zoo, where the members spend most of their time, using electricity stolen from another building, this is a disc filled with ambient noise -- and some wonderful music. Much of it, unsurprisingly, is Congolese rhumba, as on "Moto Moindo." The four singer/guitarists harmonize liltingly, but the real instrumental star is Landu, who flicks out riffs and solos on his instrument like a virtuoso. The band does mix up the sound, offering some light funk on the track named after themselves and on "Je T'Aime," and some reggae inflections on "Sala Mosala." There's a very positive attitude throughout the songs: these guys might be handicapped, but it's not going to stop them. The musicians are remarkable, the guerrilla recording just about perfect. But the real gift here is the music. by Chris Nickson All Music

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Moto Moindo Black Man
  2. Polio
  3. Je T'Aime
  4. Sala Keba
  5. Moziki
  6. Sala Mosala
  7. NAvramandole
  8. Tonkara Cardboard
  9. Marguerite
  10. Staff Benda Bilili
  11. Mwana
  12. Je T'Aime Bonus Track
  13. Polio Bonus Track
  14. Tonkara Bonus Track
  15. Staff Benda Bilili Bonus Track


Product details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 2016)
  • Original Release Date: August 5, 2016
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CRAMMED DISCS
  • ASIN: B001P9277O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,463 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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