Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 June 2010

STAFF BENDA BILILI album “Très Très Fort”

 
 

 
 

STAFF BENDA BILILI album “Très Très Fort”

 
 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) June 25, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — One of the great global success stories of the past year, Staff Benda Bilili have become an unstoppable force in international music. A group of street musicians who live in and around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, Congo, they make music of astonishing power and beauty. The band’s mesmerising rumba-rooted grooves, overlaid with vibrant vocals and extraordinary tin-can guitar solos, have been dazzling audiences and media the world over, both on record and on stage.

 
 

Led by Ricky Likabu, four paraplegic singer/guitarists form the core of the band, assisted by a  ‘hype man’ on crutches who whips the crowd into a frenzy, and backed by an all-acoustic rhythm section pounding out tight grooves. Then, on top of everything, are those inimitable and infectious solos performed by teenage prodigy Roger Landu on a one-string electric lute he designed and built himself out of a tin can.

 
 

After working with Staff Benda Bilili for a couple of years, filmmakers Florent de la Tullaye and Renaud Barret presented the band to Brussels-based independent label Crammed Discs and their music producer Vincent Kenis (who had already introduced remarkable Congolese bands such as Konono N°1 and others). Crammed decided to sign the group, and Kenis proceeded to record the Staff’s debut album out in the open, mainly in the zoological garden near centre ville, using a dozen microphones, a MacBook laptop and a 100m mains cable connected to a deserted refreshment bar nearby.

 
 

Crammed Discs released the ‘Très Très Fort’ album in April 2009, to unanimous media and audience acclaim. The band earned the prestigious 2009 Womex Award (the main award in the field of world music) as well a several awards in the UK, and ripped through Europe for the first time in late 2009 for what turned out to be one of the most spectacular debut tours of the year. The continent’s media responded in a chorus of praise, with top TV shows (including BBC Newsnight), broadsheet newspapers and world-renowned radios lavishing the band and their album with attention and end-of-year plaudits.

International festivals are now queuing up to book them, and the band are scheduled to play over 50 concerts across Europe during summer 2010, followed by more tours in Japan, Europe and the USA ( see the dates below).

Meanwhile, Staff Benda Bilili are also taking part in the  ‘Kick Polio Out Of Africa’ campaign, which Rotary International organized around the World Cup.

The latest development in the amazing Staff Benda Bilili story is that the full-length film devoted to their life so far was welcomed with a standing ovation on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival. Entitled “Benda Bilili” and directed by Barret/de la Tullaye,  the film shows the band’s journey from the sidewalks of Kinshasa to the stages of large European concert halls and festivals.

Press quotes about the album « Très Très Fort »:

The most exciting band to emerge from Africa in years (Financial Times, UK)

In world music circles, this eight-piece from the Congo are the most talked about band of the year  (Daily Telegraph, UK)

The most anticipated African tour of the year (The Independent, UK)

We are all going to buy this wonderful record, we are going to share it with our friends, and – hey presto – we will have the Buena Vista Social Club of the brave new Obama age… Album Of The Year : signed, sealed and delivered

(Songlines, UK)

 
 

Press quotes about the film « Benda Bilili »

“An extraordinary film … it will do what Ry Cooder & Wim Wenders did for the Buena Vista Club and make them (Staff Benda Bilili) world famous…”(BBC)

“A remarkable documentary and an amazing music film” (The Telegraph)

“Jarringly powerful documentary on a rags-to-riches Congolese street band… disturbing and inspirational” (The Hollywood Reporter)

 
 

The “Très Très Fort” album by Staff Benda Bilili is out worldwide on Crammed Discs

Promo contact:  promo@crammed.be

 
 

More info:

http://www.staffbendabilili.com 

http://www.myspace.com/staffbendabilili

http://www.crammed.be

 
 

STAFF BENDA BILILI ON TOUR:

24/06/2010

FR

Bourg-en-Bresse

Festival Les Temps Chauds

25/06/2010

FR

Paris

Festival Solidays

26/06/2010

BE

Brussels

Couleur Cafe

27/06/2010

GB

GLASTONBURY

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL

29/06/2010

ES

Girona

Festival de musicas Religiosas y des Mundo

02/07/2010

DK

Roskilde

Roskilde Festival

03/07/2010

LU

Luxembourg

Fest Me You Zik

05/07/2010

CA

MONTREAL

MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

08/07/2010

CA

Quebec

Festival d’Ete de Quebec

09/07/2010

CA

Quebec

Festival d’Ete de Quebec

10/07/2010

CA

Ottawa

Ottawa Festival

14/07/2010

ES

Barcelona

Caixaforum

15/07/2010

ES

Madrid

Caixaforum

16/07/2010

ES

Cartagena

La Mar de Musicas

17/07/2010

ES

Jaen

Etnosur

18/07/2010

ES

Villanova

FIMPT

20/07/2010

GB

London

Hackney Empire

23/07/2010

GB

Charlton Park

Womad

24/07/2010

FR

Plage du Portel

Festival Cote d’Opale

25/07/2010

CH

Nyon

Paleo Festival

26/07/2010

FR

Lyon

Nuits de Fourviere

27/07/2010

DE

Frankfurt

Palmengarten

28/07/2010

DE

Loerrach

Stimmen Festival

29/07/2010

AT

Krems

Glatt und Verkehrt Festival

30/07/2010

DE

Nuernberg

Bardentreffen

31/07/2010

PT

Sines

Festival Musicas do Mundo

03/08/2010

FR

Grimaud

Festival Les Grimaldines

04/08/2010

FR

Sete

Festival Fiest’s Sete

05/08/2010

FR

La Roche-sur-Yon

Festival Cafe l’Ete

06/08/2010

FR

Aulnoye-Aymeries

Les Nuits Secretes

07/08/2010

BE

Floreffe

Festival Esperanzah

08/08/2010

BE

Dranouter

Dranouter Festival

13/08/2010

DE

Wuerselen (Aachen)

Burg Wilhelmstein

14/08/2010

DE

Jena

Kulturarena

15/08/2010

DE

Berlin

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

18/08/2010

DE

Hagen

Konzertmuschel im Volkpark

19/08/2010

DE

Kassel

Kulturzelt

20/08/2010

DE

Muelheim

Ringlokschuppen

21/08/2010

DE

Bochum

Freilichtbuehne Wattenscheid

22/08/2010

NL

Biddinghuizen

Lowlands Festival

25/08/2010

FI

HELSINKI

Helsinki Festival

26/08/2010

DK

Aarhus

Aarhus Festival

28/08/2010

NL

Venlo

Zomerpark Feest

29/08/2010

FR

Charleville Mezieres

Festival Le Cabaret Vert

25/09/2010

JP

OGAWARA

EZUKO HALL – SENNAN ARTS CENTRE

26/09/2010

JP

YAIZU

CITY CULTURAL CENTRE

29/09/2010

JP

OSAKA

Dojima River Forum

30/09/2010

JP

OSAKA

Dojima River Forum

02/10/2010

JP

Tsukuba

Kapiohoru

03/10/2010

JP

Iwaki

ALIOS – iwaki performing arts centre

09/10/2010

JP

NAGAKUTE

NAGAKUTE CULTURE HOUSE

10/10/2010

JP

Kanagawa

Yokosuka Art Theatre

11/10/2010

JP

TOKYO

WORLD BEAT FESTIVAL

13/10/2010

JP

Fukuoka

Acros – Fukuoka Symphony Hall

16/10/2010

JP

MATSUMOTO

MATSUMOTO performing arts centre

17/10/2010

JP

TOKYO

Mikata performing arts centre

 
 

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