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May 11, 2009 Combining Cuban-influenced rumba with elements of soul, blues and reggae, the paraplegic street musicians in Staff Benda Bilili used to perform all over the zoo grounds of the Kinshasa area, attempting to earn money for a living. Along the way, they caught the attention of Massive Attack and Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz.
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April 28, 2009 Staff Benda Bilili is a group of paraplegic street musicians who entertain from their base near the zoological gardens in Kinshasa, Congo. Benda Bilili means roughly "look beyond appearances," and those who do will find astonishing musicality and verve.
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