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Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa - album stream

PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 11:23 am
by kk

Re: Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa - album stream

PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2015 3:03 pm
by DavidM
Thanks for that, kk.

I've had a couple of listens now and the track which really jumps out at me is this one;

https://soundcloud.com/world-circuit-records/05-coco-blues-1

It's not representative of the rest of the album but that sweet slow blues groove is irresistible.

Re: Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa - album stream

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 7:56 am
by Alan
My favourite too!

They've got two gigs in London next month

Tue, 2 Jun Cafe Oto, https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/kilima ... gwana-star

Fri, 5 Jun Rich Mix http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/even ... ial-guests

Re: Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa - album stream

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 5:40 pm
by Alan
'FROM KINSHASA' by Mbongwana Star
New Album Out Now available via Amazon, iTunes and the World Circuit Store

'a gripping mix of excitement, apprehension and sensory overload'
★★★★★ The Guardian, Album of the Week
'the theme is infectious, polyrhythmic space-rock…a Congolese triumph of imagination'
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/m ... asa-review

★★★★★ The Independent
'stunning collision of West African street funk and European studio craft'
http://www.independent.com/news/2015/ma ... nishasaem/

★★★★★ Q
‘The jungle is still rumbling’

★★★★ MOJO
'Exhilarating'

8/10 UNCUT
‘furiously distorted bricolage of Afro-retro-futurism, soukous and Afrobeat’

★★★★★ The Financial Times
‘a confusing, bewildering yet ultimately enormously inspiring record which bristles with fresh ideas’

Clash
'infectious union between handmade mutant disco and abstract Afro-Beat'

Line of Best Fit 8.5 / 10
‘wild and exciting mix of Congolese rhythm, hip-hop and electro’

The Times
‘Remarkable music'

fRoots
'Afrobeat with a solid steel casing'

FACT
‘le grand disque africain du moment, et du futur’

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TOUR DATES
Wed 20 May / La Rodia / Besancon / FR
Fri 22 May / Festival Musiques Metisses / Angouleme / FR
Sat 23 May / Festival Music Meeting / Nijmegen / NL
Mon 25 May / Cabaret Sauvage / Paris / FR
Fri 29 May / Afro Ruhr Festival / Dortmund / DE
Tue 2 June / Cafe OTO / London / UK
Fri 5 June / Rich Mix / London / UK
Thu 4 July / Africa Festival / Hertme / NL
Fri 5 July / Roots Festival / Amsterdam / NL
Wed 10 July / Crossroads Festival / Krakow / PL
Thu 11 July / World Meyouzik Festival / Luxembourg / LU
Sat 25 July / WOMAD UK / Charlton Park / UK

Re: Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa - album stream

PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:06 pm
by Gordon Neill
It's strange how like-minded people can differ so much in opinions. 'Coco Blues' has been singled out as a favourite track. But, for me, it's easily the weakest link in the album. I much prefer the raucous quality of 'Suzanna' or 'Kala' or, indeed, any other track. But I think we can all agree that this a great album. I think the fRoots reviewer described it as something like a stripped-down Congotronics. And I think that's about right. By some distance, my favourite album of the year so far. Even people over the grand old age of 33 should enjoy this!