MBONGWANA STAR

Congo



Mbongwana Star, a newly formed 7-piece band from the Democratic Republic of Congo, with Coco Ngambali et Theo Nzonza, from the mythic Staff Benda Bilili band. But in the shanty-villages of Kinshasa, bands are recycled along with everything else. Music and musical instruments, just like fashion, art, jewellery, pedal-power contraptions and motor vehicles, all rise from the inexhaustible scrap heap. Coco and Theo gathered up the necessary parts of a band from the younger generation, crammed them together and started belting out a shambles under the name Mbongwana Star – ‘mbongwana’ meaning ‘change’. They were indeed looking for change, for something new.





MBONGWANA STAR - Congo