Staff Benda Bilili have just finished a sold out UK tour and are now trail blazing the rest of Europe across the summer. Their packed performance at the Roundhouse in Camden was electric and sparking with energy. [slideshow]
Spending time with them prior to the gig offered a brief insight to their collective spirit and humour - witnessed to the full, when they had no choice but to smoke outside on the fire exit steps leading straight out to Chalk Farm Road...the banter between them and passers was bloody funny; especially when a couple of well dressed guys showed up shouting that they were from Kinshasa. After some quick-fire verbal exchange, the two guys had backstage passes and joined the fun.
In addition to grabbing them a few cups of coffee, I also offered to complete a much needed cigarette run for them. To be honest, this was the least I could do as they were so relaxed & kool with my camera. A few days later, they also appeared on Jools Holland - check their performance here.