Staff Benda Bilili

The Congolese octet transcends its inspiring backstory—five polio-disabled street musicians formed the group—with gritty-sweet harmonies, clattering percussion, and Roger Landu's primitive-futurist guitar sound, a needling sine wave, created on a homemade one-stringed electric satonge, that oscillates between Ernie Isley and a pedal steel. SBB offers a fresh, heartfelt take on 20th century Congolese rumba, and a particularly fine one at that.
Thu., Oct. 18, 8 p.m., 2012

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