From Kinshasa (New LP + Download)Mbongwana Star
Label: World Circuit
Release Date: 2015
Catalog #: WCV091
180g Heavyweight vinyl
From the Democratic Republic of Congo, 7-piece band Mbongwana Star deliver 'From Kinshasa', an absolute gem for a debut album (2015 album of the year candidate no doubt)! Story has it that the band formed nearly 15 years ago, thanks to Coco Ngambali, Theo Nzonza and the influence of Congolese rumba. With a population of over 10 million people, Kinshasa is Africa's third largest city so the hustle to assemble a quality band has the rumor to be very challenging. Regardless, this new-ish band has hit us with a unique sound under the moniker Mbongwana Star ('mbongwana' meaning 'change'), to the delight of fans that feel afrobeat, electronic, folk, funk... music in general.