Mbongwana Star’s Toronto Debut!

Jun 21, 2017

Happy Summer! We’re excited to announce what promises to be one of this summer’s hottest tickets – the Toronto debut of Mbongwana Star!

On Wednesday July 19th at The Great Hall, one of the most exhilarating acts to have come out of the African scene in some years brings the new sound of Kinshasa to Small World. It comes smack dab between the two biggest African music events of the summer – Afrofest and Habari, both of whom are partners on this show, alongside Wavelength – making for a perfect Afro-music Toronto trifecta!

Creators of the freshest sound to hit the African music scene in years, their first CD ‘From Kinshasa’, was named one of 2015’s albums of the year in by the Guardian, Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. Formed from the ashes of the legendary Staff Benda Bilili, they mix punk attitude and spacey electronics with frantic rhythms and weaving soukous guitar lines, to seriously mess with preconceptions of what African music is/can/should be. It frequently sounds as if it arrived from another planet – thrillingly difficult to pin down to a time and place. Take their single ‘Kala‘ as an example.

Watch Mbongwana Star – ‘Kala

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Mbongwana Star
> The futuristic sound of Kinshasa hits Toronto!

Wednesday, July 19th 9pm – The Great Hall

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