Friday, July 06, 2007

Yo pardon, this song been on my mind all week

fleur d'afrique sent me and Denis this clip from Jupiter's Dance a few weeks ago, and since then the song has permeated my consciousness that even in my dreams I find myself barking "TEE-ro-pa, tee-ro-LAY... Tee-ro-PAPA! SEK-SU MAH-SHEEN!"

Similar to Israel Vibration of Jamaica or even Atlanta's Ying Yang Twins, Kinshasa's Staff Benda Bilili are united by their disability: the band is composed of musicians afflicted with polio (and a few street kids who accompany them) but they refuse to acknowledge their physical handicaps as anything more than a psychological hurdle to be overcome through ironclad resolve, resourcefulness and resilience.

Benda Bilili's "Sex Machine" is not James Brown's or even Sly's; it is a miraculous contraption conceived via the universal ghetto algorithm that nothing plus nothing equals something; contrived of rusty tin, sugar-packet cardboard and bicycle spokes bound together by rugged chicken wire, the soft, worn rubber of old fan belts and the Grace of God; fueled by a cocktail of sweat, spit and seminal fluid; ignited and propelled by the ever-burning spark of the human spirit.


SFB said...

Fantastic Video...what is that instrument that the young kid is playing? Is it a string instrument? I can't see what it is being strummed. I can't tell what it is made from.

AFKAP of Darkness said...

yeah, it's some kind of string instrument, but i don't know what it is, either.

i actually made a mental note to research that, but i haven't gotten around to it.

AFKAP of Darkness said...

your blog is some awesome shit, btw... i need to add you to my roll!

ms bazu said...

i caught this on youtube a few months ago. i REALLY wanna see that doc really bad. that rendition is dope. i gotta mp3 it.

AFKAP of Darkness said...

yeah, i'm gonna get the DVD.... soon.