Fulu Mikizi à Nuits Sonores 2021

par Rupert Bottenberg

The band’s name means “garbage music”, but it’s no reflection on the amazing, inventive sounds of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fulu Miziki. Energetic avatars of eco-freakyAfro-punk, their instruments are built from scrap scavenged from Kinshasa’s trash yards, likewise their outlandish costumes, equal parts warriors of the wasteland and Japanese space monsters. Currently based in culturally supercharged Kampala, Uganda, the band made the best of the pandemic lockdown, as their forthcoming EP Ngbaka will surely confirm in November.

In the meantime, they are at last back on the road, captured here in late July at the Festival Nuits Sonores in Lyon, France.

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