An off-beat – but very on beat – way to start the party

OK, bear with me, because things are going to start off a little strange this Friday afternoon and evening, but I think you’re going to like it. The group we’re going to feature to get this weekend started is called Staff Benda Bilili.

Here’s how Wikipedia tells their story:

Staff Benda Bilili are a group of street musicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They used to live around the grounds of the zoo in the country’s capital city, Kinshasa, and play music which is rooted in rumba, with elements of old-school rhythm ‘n’ blues and reggae. The core of the band consists of four senior singers/guitarists, who are paraplegic (they had poliomyelitis when they were young) and move around in spectacularly customized tricycles. They are backed by a younger rhythm section consisting of abandoned street children who were taken under the protection of the older members of the band. The soloist is an 18 year-old boy (2009) who plays guitar-like solos on an electrified one-stringed lute he designed and built himself out of a tin can. The group’s name translates roughly from Lingala as “look beyond appearances.”

And this is what they sound like:


Sometimes you look around the world and you think that as a species, we can be pretty screwed up. And at other times, you see something like these guys and you think we might be OK after all.

– Jay Bookman

619 comments Add your comment

Mary Elizabeth

October 12th, 2012
4:22 pm

Wonderful, in the life force present, beyond appearances.

Matti

October 12th, 2012
4:27 pm

Whoa! That’s *bleep*ing awesome!!!

Camel Spiders Found in Florida Everglades

October 12th, 2012
4:30 pm

Camel Spiders Found in Florida Everglades

October 12th, 2012
4:33 pm

josef

October 12th, 2012
4:34 pm

speaking of looking beyond appearances…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PECmXi8dv9s

josef

October 12th, 2012
4:39 pm

JamVet

October 12th, 2012
4:46 pm

Sometimes you look around the world and you think that as a species, we can be pretty screwed up. And at other times, you see something like these guys and you think we might be OK after all.

Right on.

And rock on.

Frenetic reggae dinner music with some Paul Simon thrown in for good measure!

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. ~ Kahlil Gibran

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
4:48 pm

I give it a rising 8. It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it. LOL!

Thanks, Jay. Very entertaining. Best one-string lute player I have ever seen.

JamVet

October 12th, 2012
4:50 pm

And jonix, that stunning aria and the equally stunning Richie Havens that you linked, proved Gibran was right…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEogJacjLTE

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
4:51 pm

So Pea, What does Susan Boyle’s accent make her?

josef: I love that clip.

Road Scholar

October 12th, 2012
4:52 pm

josef: I remember seeing Richie Havens as a warm up for Stephen Stills at GT. Richie blew us away with his music and then Stills and his band did an hour of old stuff and then played the Mananas album…in its entirety! Fantastic!

josef

October 12th, 2012
4:53 pm

don’t matter if you are the blog boss, just remember, one day you may need somebody to…Fred knows…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLXiGZsSn_I

Camel Spiders Found in Florida Everglades

October 12th, 2012
4:54 pm

Mr. Snarky

October 12th, 2012
4:59 pm

josef

October 12th, 2012
5:00 pm

Richie Havens is the most amazing person to see “up close…”

Glad y’all appreciated the Susan Boyle…you could see when she was camping before hand that she was thinking, just wait, are YOU in for a surprise…

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
5:05 pm

Feel good song from 3 great musicians.

http://youtu.be/uRRW3aine6Y

They BOTH suck

October 12th, 2012
5:11 pm

ByteMe - Thugs vs. Ilk... in 3D!

October 12th, 2012
5:11 pm

And at other times, you see something like these guys and you think we might be OK after all.

I can’t understand the mindset of people who are always negative. Life’s too much fun for that!

They BOTH suck

October 12th, 2012
5:13 pm

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
5:14 pm

I can’t understand the mindset of people who are always negative. Life’s too much fun for that!

You got that right. And there is enough misery in life without looking for more where it doesn’t exist.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 12th, 2012
5:14 pm

Awesome.

Sounds like something I would hear on PRI’s Afro Pop Worldwide.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E82BifytoYY

They BOTH suck

October 12th, 2012
5:15 pm

josef

October 12th, 2012
5:15 pm

Another voice from the Crescent City for, well…we talkin bout attitude here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f4CyQto-0E

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
5:17 pm

Until very recently I only knew this as Led Zep song. Had no idea about its origins.

http://youtu.be/ye2N_2ce3QE

They BOTH suck

October 12th, 2012
5:19 pm

Tom Middleton

October 12th, 2012
5:20 pm

Reminds me of Youssou N’Dour of the world-renown Senegal style of singing (and playing). Here he is with Peter Gabriel in the world-famous “In Your Eyes.” But great find with Staff Benda Bilili, Jay. Where can I get a CD?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGao0UZmHpU

josef

October 12th, 2012
5:24 pm

another what you see and hear aint always what you get…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5KeGccP9Jk

Jefferey Osborne

October 12th, 2012
5:25 pm

They BOTH suck

October 12th, 2012
5:26 pm

USMC sure can hit a note

:-)

They BOTH suck

October 12th, 2012
5:27 pm

Jay

October 12th, 2012
5:28 pm

Soldier Mom

October 12th, 2012
5:29 pm

These are going good with my well deserved glass of chardonnay!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdB-8eLEW8g

They BOTH suck

October 12th, 2012
5:31 pm

josef

October 12th, 2012
5:36 pm

You want falsetto? Go to 7:02 in this one…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtuvXrTz8DY

They BOTH suck

October 12th, 2012
5:37 pm

tireofit

October 12th, 2012
5:39 pm

Quote from the movie Starman describing Earthlings: “You are at your very best when things are worst.”

JamVet

October 12th, 2012
5:43 pm

Afro Pop Worldwide.

Wow.

I discovered that program 20 years or more and was blown away by musical styles that I had never heard before, Brother Kam.

Long live PRI, NPR and PBS!!!

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
5:46 pm

josef: I almost posted the same video linkee. I heard the song off the record for many, many years, but it wasn’t until the YouTube era that I found out what everyone was cheering about. Roesmary Butler @ 6:27 is pretty awesome also.

josef

October 12th, 2012
5:49 pm

JamVet

October 12th, 2012
5:52 pm

What we need more than ever…

Hiding in Africa
But nobody gets away

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmr4olKtwq0&feature=watch-vrec

josef

October 12th, 2012
5:55 pm

That @ 5:49 has some “have to click pasts” in it….

josef

October 12th, 2012
5:57 pm

Heathen

That boy blew me out of the water with just those few seconds…and, you got it, on Rosemary…

They BOTH suck

October 12th, 2012
5:57 pm

josef

October 12th, 2012
6:06 pm

JamVet

October 12th, 2012
6:06 pm

BOTH, my life is better for having met and exchanged a brief moment in time with Indie Arie.

We were at one (as one?) of my best homie’s wedding reception and we talked about Bob Marley and changing the world!

That chick is powerful righteous…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 12th, 2012
6:08 pm

They BOTH suck

October 12th, 2012
6:10 pm

Jam

Way cool. Some of he tunes are amazing. Don’t like all of it, but the hot ones are STEAMING

indigo

October 12th, 2012
6:11 pm

ByteMe – 5:11 “life’s too much fun”

Your mommie and daddy must be in the top 1% or else you live in never-never land.

JamVet

October 12th, 2012
6:15 pm

The brother of the groom at that wedding.

I asked him what he was listening to at the time.

He said The Beatles.

Another awesome human being…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0wEkqCWoWg&playnext=1&list=PL67C8E454933468D2&feature=results_video

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
6:15 pm

floater @ 6:11

josef

October 12th, 2012
6:16 pm

indigo

Bingo! Our Friday night t*rd in the punchbowl…

They BOTH suck

October 12th, 2012
6:16 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p70nS59JJVk&feature=related

Everyone have a great night and an even better weekend

peace

josef

October 12th, 2012
6:17 pm

HEATHEN

You type faster than me! :-)

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
6:17 pm

peace and same to you, BOTH

JamVet

October 12th, 2012
6:18 pm

More Kevin. This influenced by classical and classic R&B…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc9kc0J-yow&feature=related

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
6:20 pm

Going Down Under and back in time.

http://youtu.be/MeG-hNXXy6I

iRun

October 12th, 2012
6:21 pm

Jay, talk about offbeat, I hope you make it out to the Candler Park Fall Fest this weekend. Some of the acts from last year’s Linapalooza (the Mary Lin talent show, in case it wasn’t going on when your kids were there) are going to perform between 12:00-1:30.

Then at 1:30 – Spaghetti Junction (6th graders):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ntz6QlQF0s

At 2:00 – My Homework Ate My Dog (9th graders):
http://www.youtube.com/user/mhamdmusic?feature=CBoQwRs%3D

The headliner: Yacht Rock Revue
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lERQ02p4HM&feature=related

iRun

October 12th, 2012
6:23 pm

Jay, I have innocent little YouTube links of children playing music condemning my post into moderation…please let them out of purgatory!

Fred ™

October 12th, 2012
6:30 pm

Since the first post I made this morning was deleted, I find this to be an appropriate song. It’s dedicated to he (or they) to whom it fits:

http://tinyurl.com/8p6vuhx

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
6:31 pm

josef,

Since the topic is “off-beat” LOL.

This one is for you because of the time and place setting. I think it is an accurate portrayal of the era, don’t you agree?

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
6:32 pm

Fred ™

October 12th, 2012
6:34 pm

I sent you my first post this morning (including the under moderation tag) to a certain person, could you send it back please? I thought I had saved it to note but I was obviously mistaken……… I’m not going to attempt to post it again, i just want it for prosperity.

Apropo of nothing at all, I looked at the schedule for the Gay festival this weekend and didn’t see anything that looked particularly appealing to a ten year old. Is that the case or can someone correct me? I was going to take my little girl if she wanted to go.

iRun

October 12th, 2012
6:36 pm

Fred, she might like the CP Fall Fest, especially since the first couple hours are kid acts.

Fred ™

October 12th, 2012
6:44 pm

Yo Stinkie, just for you. I read your stuff last night on request of someone, I don’t hate you. I don’t hate anyone here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmxJ7OzhCTY

Fred ™

October 12th, 2012
6:46 pm

Damn, I should have played THIS version for Joseph and brother St. Simons:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CrHpq9c1G8&feature=related

Tom Middleton

October 12th, 2012
6:47 pm

Fred@6:30

Don’t feel bad, Fred. I got blocked from posting on Joan Walsh’s blog after a comment on 9/29 and have no idea what I said wrong. At least Jay has the basic respect and courage to talk to you straight!

josef

October 12th, 2012
6:47 pm

Heathen

Ya know, when I first saw that, it struck me as such! (of course, that’s a mighty puny Mighty Mississippi!

As for BG, this is my all time favorite of his…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOgv-UuTgac

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
6:51 pm

An old negro spiritual for Fred.

http://youtu.be/ZqsW_noBIjQ

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 12th, 2012
6:53 pm

FRED IS FREED!

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
6:54 pm

that’s a mighty puny Mighty Mississippi

It was a long time ago.

Fred ™

October 12th, 2012
6:55 pm

Thank you mystery person for sending that back. I was gonna post a thank you song but all the ones I know are love songs lol. ZZtop, Led Zepplin……….

How about this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN3E9Yyd1HA

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 12th, 2012
6:56 pm

josef

October 12th, 2012
7:02 pm

FRED

Thank G-d you’re back! Now I don’t have to keep finding Fred songs! Thanks for the video…you asked about the Gay festival…sorta like Unmentionable said about the Pow Wow “we go watch the Indians looking at the Indians looking at the Indians…” :-)

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

October 12th, 2012
7:04 pm

Well, I don’t know any songs that match the theme tonite. All I want to do is, urge the nice ladies on here not to click on the link to Fred’s first posted tune. You’ll be ruint forever. Don’t look, Ethel, in other words. It’s pretty danged clear Fred never learned a thing from his time out.

Anyhow, I got a couple PBRs calling me up here at Billy Bob’s. Have a good weekend everybody.

Democratic Plantation Dweller

October 12th, 2012
7:07 pm

Obama is doing a wonderful job…just look at how much housing has improved.

Fred ™

October 12th, 2012
7:08 pm

Josef, Kam: I’m back but not really. As I put in the deleted post right now I find the price of admission here too high. I’m not willing to surrender my manhood allow Steve to talk with impunity about my women like they are ho’s like he did Keeps wife and not be able to respond.

As John Mellencamp once sang, “I do things my way and I pay a high price………….

This is my life It’s what I’ve chosen to do
There are no free rides No one said it’d be easy”

In my words, I offer no excuses or apologies, just a great F’ing tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN-jaqezWBU

josef

October 12th, 2012
7:11 pm

FRED

Avant que je m’oublie, sois sage, Mec! Nous voulons que vous soyez ici chez nous à la plantation libérale! :-)

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
7:14 pm

C’mon Os!!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 12th, 2012
7:14 pm

Your choice Fred, but know that I consider you an addition to this site when this place has soooooo many subtractions.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 12th, 2012
7:17 pm

3-0 Yankees!

josef

October 12th, 2012
7:17 pm

K’CHAK

Back atcha with some Culture Club…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVzAH0FtNwg

JamVet

October 12th, 2012
7:18 pm

Mystery Meat Dogturd in the punchbowl at 7:07.

For all of my veteran brothers and fellow Utopians…

http://bandsofbrothers.org/

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
7:20 pm

3-0 Yankees!

phhtttt!

getalife

October 12th, 2012
7:22 pm

Inspiring. I stopped reading and listening to all the negative bs.

This video is about helping troubled teens and it is graphic at the beginning but good at the end:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptzzU7jFQwo

Fred ™

October 12th, 2012
7:22 pm

And now, I can’t decide what to do. Leaving in a poutrage is so over done, (no offense Bruno), but I’m pretty disappointed in our host here. How he could let that insult to Keep stand is beyond me. I was told it’s not *my* place to make that decision.

I beg to differ. It is the decision of everyone of us who reads and posts here. What are we willing to accept? Many say I I go over the edge, others say I tell it like it is. Yet not even I would tell a poster that his wife was such a ho that not only did I have sex with her but she allowed a photographer in there to take pictures as Steve put it “on top or below.”

In speaking out against that I was banned for a time. Steve had no repercussions for his remarks. Jay decided this, and quite truthfully, you folks here enabled him to make that decision. Calling an asshat an asshat (or hole) is forbidden, telling a poster you did his wife and have pictures is perfectly fine.

I’m too simple to understand this and I think I’ll take some time off to try to sort this out in my tiny little mind. Regardless of the outcome, whether I come back or don’t or if anyone really cares about my dying swan act (I should at LEAST get a nomination for drama queen of the month award), I have learned from all of you, even the asshats and that is a good thing. I have been changed, for good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzrGFQysfYU

josef

October 12th, 2012
7:23 pm

FREED FRED

Well, this is mine for you know who when he does you know what to me…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUTXb-ga1fo

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
7:27 pm

Now if the Orioles could put Michelle O in to pinch hit they could get a HBP because it would be impossible ….oh, nevermind.

Jay

October 12th, 2012
7:29 pm

Is that a drone circling over your house, heathen?

josef

October 12th, 2012
7:30 pm

FRED

“…. my dying swan act (I should at LEAST get a nomination for drama queen of the month award)”

Indeed, you should…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUTXb-ga1fo

Tom Middleton

October 12th, 2012
7:30 pm

Fred

“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”

And “In one ear and out the other.”

And my personal favorite: “Fu’k ‘em!” LOL

godless heathen

October 12th, 2012
7:33 pm

getalife

October 12th, 2012
7:38 pm

Fred,

That is known as a goodbye cruel world comment that many bloggers use when they feel they have been done wrong.They get emotional leave and come back.

I have been banned on many blogs for speaking my mind and I laugh about it because I have been banned so many times.This blog’s owner just wants us to tone it down a little bit. That’s it, you can do that.

JamVet

October 12th, 2012
7:45 pm

Fred ™

October 12th, 2012
7:46 pm

getalife

October 12th, 2012
7:46 pm

This one is for the gop from Joe Biden:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYBi-F0ucTs

JamVet

October 12th, 2012
7:46 pm

Fred ™

October 12th, 2012
7:48 pm

Ouch. To getalife and the rest of you, I apologise for the crappy quality of that video. I should have vetted it first.

For getalife: Sorry about them Tigers and the ass whoopin’ they will endure tomorrow. Take solace in the fact that the Gators will administer a worse one to us Dawgs quite soon……..

Fred ™

October 12th, 2012
7:50 pm

Jamvet: Speaking of cruel to be kind lol, look at this pic of Nick on his wiki page. We ARE getting old aren’t we?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Lowe

Martin the Calvinist

October 12th, 2012
7:51 pm

getalife

October 12th, 2012
7:52 pm

Fred,

Yes, South Carolina is a good team and we need some offense. I think the madhatter better change it up on offense or we will get beat again. At least the Saints finally won .