Mbongwana Star at Glastonbury

Mbongwana at Glastonbury 2016

On the weekend Mbongwana Star gave a brilliant performance on the West Holts stage at Glastonbury. You can still catch the full performance for a limited time on BBC iPlayer.

The band have finished their UK leg of the tour, heading off to Europe and the USA next!  Click here for the full list of dates.

Mbongwana Star – Tracks ARTE


Watch the Mbongwana Star feature on Tracks ARTE


Oslo World Music Festival


Great live clips and interview of Mbongwana Star at Oslo World Music Festival 2015.


See their upcoming tour dates here.


Mbongwana Star in 2015

Best of 2015

2015 was a huge year for Mbongwana Star; not only did they release their highly celebrated album, but they appeared on Later with Jools Holland and toured across Europe.

“From Kinshasa” received many great reviews (★★★★★ The Guardian, ★★★★★ The Independent,    ★★★★ MOJO, ★★★★★ The FT, 10/10 Drowned in Sound, 10/10 SPIN, 9/10NME, 8.5 Line of Best Fit, 8/10 Clash) and featured in ‘best of 2015′ lists by The New York Times, NPR, SPIN, Uncut, The Wire, The Observer, MOJO, Q and more.

The band’s tour continues into 2016 with a European tour this Spring, all dates can be found here.


NPR Music, SPIN and more feature “From Kinshasa” in best of 2015 round up


Mbongwana Star’s debut album “From Kinshasa” has been listed on NPR‘s 50 Favorite Albums of 2015 and SPIN‘s The 50 Best Albums of 2015 list.

Other ‘best of’ lists featuring “From Kinshasa” include: The Quietus (#3), MOJO (#8), UNCUT (#19), Resident (#5) and Q Magazine (#48).

Suzanna live on Later With Jools…

Mbongwana Star were invited to play on ‘Later With Jools…’ last night, for the final show of the series.  Watch them perform ‘Suzanna’, a track taken from their debut album From Kinshasa.

Don’t miss their performance of ‘1 Million C’est Quoi’, to be televised this Fri 6th Nov at 23:30 on BBC Two.   Prepare for the expected!

Listen to From Kinshasa on Spotify

Nganshé video premiere


Watch the new video for ‘ Nganshé’ – filmed in Mbongwana Star’s home city of Kinshasa the video was directed by Liam Farrell and shot by Renaud Barret.

Watch a playlist of Mbongwana Star videos

Order the debut album (CD / LP / DL)



European Tour 2015

Mbongwana Star are set to return to Europe this October / November for a series of live shows:

Oct 16  MAMa Festival, Paris (FR)  — Book tickets 

Oct 20  CreativAfrica Festival / Teatro Espace, Turin (IT) — Book tickets

Oct 28  Oslo World Music Festival, Oslo (NO) — Book tickets

Oct 31  Palace, St Gallen (CH) — Book tickets

Nov 01  Oval Space, London (UK) — Book tickets

More dates to be announced soon.

From Kinshasa: ‘SPIN Essential’ record


“Soukous licks dart between digital fuzz… new directions in urban sound.” SPIN

Mbongwana Star’s debut album has been awarded 9/10 on SPIN and credited as one of their ‘Essential’ records.  Read the full review via their website.

Mbongwana Star at WOMAD


Mbongwana Star will perform at this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park, if you’re going to the festival you catch their performance on Saturday 25th July at 6pm in The Siam Tent. The band will also be touring Europe in Autumn 2015. Keep up to date with tour dates and book tickets via Mbongwana Star’s official website.