Bouger le Monde! - Staff Benda Bilili
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  • Summary: The second album from the Congolese band with four paraplegic members sees the addition of a new drummer and lead guitarist.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
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  1. Though capable lead vocalist Ricky Likabu and startling high tenor Theo Nzonza don't soar on record the way they do live, both lift audibly out of the wheeled conveyances from which a gang of polio survivors articulated their humanity and launched their inspired hustle.
  2. Sep 4, 2012
    90
    What is provided here [is] superb playing and a peerless collective spirit, along with a clear and nuanced production that is never intrusive.
  3. Sep 6, 2012
    90
    It is innovative but still rooted in a firm roots tradition. It is socially committed but not predictably or boringly so.
  4. 80
    This second outing presents a richer, more percussive sound, albeit one still shot through with the zinging pyrotechnics of tin-can guitar.
  5. 80
    Bouger Le Monde offers a celebration of life.
  6. 80
    While this is in one sense African music like they don't make it any more, there's nothing precious or retro about it: its energy feels entirely modern.
  7. Sep 7, 2012
    70
    Staff Benda Bilili sing songs of strife and redemption. Yet when the mixture of French and various Congolese languages breaks into sing-along "la la la"s on Ne Me Quitte Pas it becomes as pure a life-affirming rush as the best pop music in any language.

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  1. Feb 13, 2013
    10
    A year before the release of the movie "Benda Bilili", which raised admiration for their courage but did little to showcase their talent as musicians, the group had fortunately released a brilliant and very successful album which made totally forget their disabled status. Amazingly, their second album "Move The World" is even better. Collapse

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