Benda Bilili : the trailer !

Posted: September 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

Check the trailer of the movie Benda Bilili, an outstanding film, full of enthusiasm, courage and sharing. Discover the careers of these paraplegics musicians from the streets of Kinshassa who will succeed in getting their music across the world despite the ups and downs.

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À priori, le sixième album de cet orchestre phare de la musique congolaise/zaïroise. Un orchestre qui a largement renouvelé la rumba en posant les jalons des évolutions vers le n’dombolo.

Zaiko Langa Langa donc, que l’on retrouve ici au Ghana en 1976 pour un disque enregistré à la suite d’une tournée sur place (si l’on en croit les notes de pochettes).

The sixth album of this great congolese band. A band whom has largely participated to the evolution of zairo/congolese music. You can hear them here on a LP recorded in Ghana in 1976 just after a tour in the country.

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The hit song of Just a Bands single Ha-He has been a great success creating a huge following of Makmende fans and mentions on major media channels such as CNN. Their unique sound and creative clips resembling short movies all have a meaning and a show the creative nature of this band as well as their vocal skills.

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Benda Bilili is a film and a documentary. Is it your goal to make this kind of films?

Yes, well initially it was not expected to be a movie. Indeed, we make documentary films, this is our third, and, of course, we worked on in post production to adapt it to the screen.
At the beginning, when we met with the staff “Benda Bilili” in 2004, it was primarily intended to make an album, only a few years later, as we filmed everything, we realized by watching those videos that we had a special material about this group who was emerging and who probably would get so far.

How did you meet the staff of the group “Benda Bilili?

In 2004, we were doing a short film about the urban music of Kinshasa, we were hanging out in the streets of Kinshasa with our cameras, and one night we were attracted by the sound of a group who played in a corner of the city at night. We came across the band, and then we began to meet with them, at that time we realized that they had their own repertoire, and played their own music. The songs that they played weren’t covers because they play the “Satongé” and that’s how at one point we proposed them to record an album

This is your third film about the city of Kinshasa and you are producing another one. Why is this fascination by this city?

It is truly a city for which we had a flash the first time we went there, we witnessed that it was a city of artists. Often one says that there is a musician in every household and this is quite true. We know the area very well and we meet many people who tell us great stories that make us want to continue making films there. It is a city of artists for us.

And why not Lagos, Dakar …
Historically, Kinshasa is the capital of African music which has an enormous influence on the rest of the continent. Ten years of war since 1996 have avoided spreading the word about its artistic productions, except of course in Congo. We know other African cities, but certainly, in Kinshasa, there is something quite exceptional. A kind of incredible energy among artists and also among people who live there. It has nothing to do with West Africa, it is truly special. But Congo also has a central location, and Kinshasa is a city where there are immigrants from different backgrounds. This latter has created a kind of energy that we can hear in music.

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Le milieu de terrain sénégalais de Fenerbahçe, Issiar Dia a appelé les autorités sénégalaises à prendre toutes les mesures pour que ses partenaires et lui ne revivent pas les problèmes qui étaient survenus lors du match amical contre le Cap Vert, le 11 août dernier. « Cette affaire n’honore pas le football sénégalais », a déclaré l’international sénégalais dans un entretien paru dans le quotidien sportif dakarois, Stades, mercredi.

Ancien international Espoir français, Issiar Dia a décidé en mai 2008 à son retour d’un regroupement des Bleuets de rejoindre directement la sélection A du Sénégal engagée en éliminatoires de la CAN et du Mondial 2010. Malgré l’élimination du Sénégal de ces deux compétitions, il est resté le binational qui balisait la voie aux autres, allant jusqu’à prendre langue avec eux et les convaincre de rejoindre la sélection sénégalaise. Dans le même entretien, il s’est réjoui de la venue à Fenerbahçe de Mamadou Niang, reconnaissant avoir tout fait pour convaincre l’ancien capitaine phocéen de rejoindre les bords du Bosphore.

By Gervinho

Salut à tous, j’espère que votre weekend s’est bien passé. Le mien a été bon malgré le match nul contre le PSG hier. On a fait 0-0 mais c’est aussi parce qu’on a joué contre une équipe très défensive. J’étais titulaire pour ce match et j’ai pu jouer quasiment 90 minutes, je suis sorti juste avant les arrêts de jeu. Je sens que physiquement ça va encore mieux, et je retrouve mon meilleur niveau au fur et à mesure des matchs.

J’en profite pour remercier Zzelta, Ticia et Luis pour leurs commentaires sur mon message de la dernière fois. Ca fait du bien de se sentir encouragé, même à distance.

Aujourd’hui je suis content car nous avons fait un bon match hier contre l’Italie. Malgré l’absence de notre capitaine nous avons su garder en tête l’objectif. Nous n’avons pas encore de nouvelles sur notre futur entraîneur mais nous serons sûrement fixés avant la première journée des éliminatoires de la CAN Orange 2012, donc avant le 4 septembre.