TSHEGUE – M’Benga Bila

If you weren’t familiar with Tshegue’s previous output until now, this latest single could almost be aligned with fellow Pariasian resident MHD’s Afro-Trap sound, but this feels even grittier and raw, and way more punk. Perhaps as a nod to vocalist Faty’s hometown of Kinshasa, there’s also a ‘Congotronic’ vibe to this, though my relatively uncultured ear relates the rhythm to the more popular Congolese pop music, Ndombolo (or perhaps Coupé-Décalé from Ivory Coast).

Regardless of all these similarities I can hear, Tshegue are very much on their own vibe and it’s looking like their forthcoming EP ‘Telema’ which drops on June 19th will be an equally strong offering as their debut ‘Survivor’ from 2017, which still gets plenty of airtime from me.

Looking forward to catching these guys at WOMAD but I’m pretty sure they have plenty of other shows lined up.

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