19 May 2011

STAFF BENDA BILILI







Tonight the CCA Jury was attacked by yet another photographer at Norwich Theatre Royal.



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Jury Three was exposed to world music from Congolese rumba-funk warriors "Staff Benda Bilili" - a group of parapelegic street musicians who live in and around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, DR Congo. We sat behind parapalegics who, if and when we stood, yelled at us to sit down. So the isles were packed with dancers but if you wanted to stay at your seat you had to sit. I've never been to anything like it.


We left during the the encore because some of the Jury was too tired to stay, and got a bit sick. Could it have been a physical reaction to the different sounds they played Courtney?