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Mbongwana Star

From Kinshasa

Debut LP from the Kinshasa, Congo group fusing traditional Congolese rhythms with post punk and electronics

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8.6

Label
World Circuit
UK Release date
18/05/2015
US Release date
19/05/2015
  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    A gripping mix of excitement, apprehension and sensory overload
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  2. 10.0 |   The FT

    Furiously distorted bricolage of Afro-retro-futurism, soukous and Afrobeat
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  3. 10.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    With their debut Mbongwana Star have made a really classic record for the ages, and what’s more, one that could shape a whole lot of music to come
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  4. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Its superb combination of muscular groove playing with tenderness and longing is winning, and an encapsulation of the flexibility and versatility that makes Mbongwana Star such an exciting project
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  5. 9.0 |   NME

    At its very best (see the dirty groove of ‘Kala’) this joyous carnival of sound is underpinned with a throbbing electronic heartbeat
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  6. 9.0 |   Spin

    Two forward-looking cosmopolitans (plus friends) craft new directions in urban sound
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  7. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Utterly futuristic and profoundly in tune with the space age whilst also giving the distinct impression that it's been built out of rusty materials
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    This new incarnation of Ngambali and Nzonza's muse confidently steps outside the sometimes rather cozy confines of 'world' music and into the 21st Century
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  9. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    There is a menacing attraction here, and Mbongwana Star cleverly balance the sunshine vibes of soukous with the gritty reality of life in a Kinshasa slum
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  10. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Fat throbbing beats and clattering Afropop rhythms with an electro-hip-hop vibe. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Back to the future, Congolese style
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  12. 8.0 |   Q

    Stunning collision of West African street funk and European studio craft, exhilarating! Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Fashioned from the crucible of Kinshasa’s recycle-reuse culture, this is a triumphant piece of alchemy
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