Thursday, April 28, 2016
Post-Punk Congolese: Mbongwana Star and "Shégué"
Our random tune for today is performed by Congolese and Kinshasha-based band Mbongwana Star. Formed by two of the members of Staff Benda Bilili after that group disbanded, the group is known for their fusion of Congolese rhythms, European post-punk and a lot of almost grating electronics. They don't even sound like an African band other than in the Congolese lyrics...and indeed the "Mbongwana" in their name means "change." You can find this song, Shégué, on their 2015 release From Kinshasa.