A global success story of the past three years, Staff Benda Bilili’s inspirational live shows and extraordinary story have dazzled audiences on record, stage and on the big screen.
A group of disabled street musicians who used to live and play around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, DR Congo, they make life affirming music of astonishing power and beauty. Mesmerising rumba-rooted grooves are overlaid with vibrant vocals, sometimes evoking Cuban swing, at other times the soul of James Brown. Don’t miss them ahead of their headline appearance at the Royal Albert Hall.
‘Little short of astonishing….A triumph’
‘one of the most extraordinary albums of the year’
The Guardian on debut album Tres Tres Fort
‘Not only do they sound incredible, they exude an inscrutable cool ... In the crowd, jaws drop, as well they should in the presence of such an extraordinary band’
The Guardian *****
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Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.