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Bouger Le Monde

Staff Benda Bilili

Bouger Le Monde

Second release from the collection of disabled Congolese musicians, celebrated worldwide following the release of their debut recorded in a makeshift studio in Kinshasa zoo

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  1. 9.0 |   BBC

    An utterly unique and eclectic stew of African rumba and other influences from rock to reggae, even more accomplished and energising than its predecessor
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  2. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    All in all, there is very little that could improve Bouger le Monde! ... Easily a candidate for best record of the year
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  3. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    It would be churlish to demand any more than what is provided here - superb playing and a peerless collective spirit, along with a clear and nuanced production that is never intrusive
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  4. 8.0 |   The Observer

    A richer, more percussive sound, albeit one still shot through with the zinging pyrotechnics of tin-can guitar
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    They've shown that they're the musical equals of any band on the planet
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There's much more depth to the sequel. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Q

    All the freshness and ingenuity that made their debut such a revelation is here. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Bouger Le Monde offers a celebration of life
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  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The band’s strength derives mostly from the high energy and good feeling that they communicate
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  10. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    I can report, on the strength of this rousing second album, that both the back story and the possible patronisation are red herrings in the appreciation of some fantastic music
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