Monday, April 25, 2011

the Staff Benda Bilili Concert

The most incredible documentaries often get broadcast very late at night. As was the case with the film about Staff Benda Bilili, an African group of disabled street musicians. It was so captivating and inspiring that I gladly missed an extra hour or so of sleep.

Whereas most of the able-bodied people in their city aren't half as motivated and often turn to crime, these men kept practising in the local zoo because they were confident it was the only way to save their families. Their hard work has paid of and not only do they make money nowadays, they have created a truly unique sound.

The documentary makers found a boy on the streets with his self-made instrument and introduced him to the band. Now about 12 years later he's touring the world with them.

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing the documentary again, followed by their concert! It was amazing! They are world class musicians, extremely positive and really know how to put on a show. One of the guys in a wheel chair even turned out to be a truly amazing dancer! Which just shows you no matter what you can make something of your life and find your own unique ways to enjoy yourself.

If you ever feel down, just watch the documentary or put on their music, it is impossible to be in a bad mood when you're influenced by their upbeat tunes and attitudes.


  1. thanks for posting this video, really great! have really enjoyed reading this post and some others on your blog today :)

  2. I love posts like this! Thanks so much for sharing!


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