Mbongwana Star

Mbongwana Star



Mbongwana Star[1] is a Congolese band from Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Of the seven members of the band, two of them (Coco Ngabali and Theo Nzonza) were among the founding members of Staff Benda Bilili.[2][3]

The band is signed to the World Circuit label, on which they released their debut album, From Kinshasa, in 2015.[4] The album received "universal acclaim" from critics, according to Metacritic.[5]


From Kinshasa
From Kinshasa is the debut studio album by Congolese band Mbongwana Star, released on May 19, 2015 on World Circuit.
Malukayi is a song by musical group Mbongwana Star, released on March 23, 2015.
Malukayi is a song by musical group Mbongwana Star, released on March 2, 2015.
Shégué is a song by musical group Mbongwana Star, released on April 21, 2015.

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62 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, July 15
  –  July 14, 2017
The second day of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival features Barenaked Ladies, Mbongwana Star, Nive Nielsen and the Deer Children, and Ramy Essam. Held at Jericho Beach Park. At the Red Truck Brewery, you can catch music by Drake White and the Big Fire ...
Folk Fest celebrates 40 years
  –  July 13, 2017
Other headliners include Blind Pilot, Cold Specks and Mbongwana Star. In addition to musical sets, audiences can enjoy watching workshops interspersed throughout the weekend on each of the six stages around the park. Three or four artists take to the stage ...
Vancouver Folk Music Festival Celebrating 40 Years of Tradition and Diversity
  –  July 10, 2017
This year, the festival lineup includes Haitian roots group, Chouk Bwa Libète; Australian singer-songwriter and Indigenous advocate Archie Roach, who combines folk music with the stories of his ancestors; experimental African musicians Mbongwana Star ...
Serving up solid series of performances
  –  July 8, 2017
Today’s headlining acts include Cécile Doo-Kingué, Jonah Blacksmith, Daniel Lanois, Feist and Mbongwana Star, in order of appearance. Daytime performances start at 11 a.m., and main stage music begins at 6 p.m. Visit winnipegfolkfestival.ca for the ...
Feminist Ferron drawn back to Vancouver Folk Music Festival
  –  July 7, 2017
Formed by two former members of the internationally acclaimed Staff Benda Bilili, Mbongwana Star’s debut From Kinshasa is a seriously outside and experimental groove ride. Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby and Anita Hillman all hail from musical backgrounds ...
Mbongwana Star
  –  July 7, 2017
The new sound of Kinshasa makes its Toronto debut. A collision of traditional rhythms with post-punk bass and busted electronics that hurl Congolese rumba into the 21st century. DJ medicineman opens with a rare-groove set of vintage global beats.
The Vancouver Folk Festival Celebrates Its 40th Year This Month (Contest Alert!)
  –  July 6, 2017
Fans of global sounds have much to anticipate, with groups like Congo’s Mbongwana Star, Colombia’s Sidestepper, Nive Nielsen & The Deer People from Greenland, Egypt’s voice of protest Ramy Essam, the voudou rhythms of Haiti’s Chouk Bwa Libète ...