Newly formed Congolese seven piece band Mbongwana Star releases its debut album, From Kinshasa, on May 19 via World Circuit Records. Founding members Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza (of Staff Benda Bilili fame) have pulled together a cast of young Kinshasa musicians, presenting a sound that is truly their own. Traditional Congolese rhythms form the backbone of the band's sound, with recycled and reconstructed electronics, elements of post punk, and an experimental attitude towards miking and recording providing the finishing touches. The album is driven along by galloping percussion, eerie guitars, dubby synths, and powerful vocals, creating an undeniably infectious full length that will surely turn heads.
From Kinshasa can be preordered here ahead of its May 19 release date, with album cut "Nganshé" streaming in full below.