French-Congolese duo TSHEGUE unleash video for M’Benga Bila

“Rackety, rhythmic junkyard productions with nods to punk and techno, of which The Wheel is a grimy and exhilarating paradigm” – The Guardian

“Merge punk syncopation with sledgehammer rhythms to form something truly infectious” – The Fader

“The Afropunks about to soundtrack your summer” – i-D

This Afropunk singer should be very very famous” –Vice


Afropunk duo TSHEGUE release a new single, ‘M’Benga Bila’, alongside release details for a new EP, ‘Telema’, due out on June 19, 2019. The single – which arrives via a stunning video shot by  Sacha Barbin on the streets of Paris’ Goutte D’Or neighbourhood – follows Radio 1-supported ‘The Wheel’, released last month with a film shot by Renaud Barret (Africa Express) in singer Faty Sy Savenet’s hometown of Kinshasa, alongside a remix from DJ Marfox. The new video for ‘M’Benga Bila’ is streaming here. Recently profiled by i-D, you can get to know TSHEGUE here.

The first TSHEGUE video to feature bandmates Faty and Nicolas Dacunha, the slick day-to-night video for ‘M’Benga Bila’ is in part a contemporary tribute to the classic scene from French director Leos Carax’s cult 1986 film, ‘Mauvais Sang’, which tracks its protagonist sprinting through the streets of Paris, soundtracked by David Bowie’s ‘Modern Love’. Here in TSHEGUE’s  of-the-moment iteration, it’s not by chance that ‘M’Benga Bila’’s thuggish blend of spiralling beat patterns and the traditional sounds which nod to Faty’s Congolese background track scenes shot in the 18th arrondissement’s Goutte D’Or, one of Paris’ most multicultural neighbourhoods. Speaking about the track – whose title translates quite literally from Faty’s native Lingala language as ‘Call the Police!’ – TSHEGUE say; “It’s a protest, a scream from a society that still struggles to accommodate the differences and the freedoms of all. The threat ‘I’m gonna call the cops!’ for us represents a systematic formula which too often forces the point of rupture between two individuals, the end of a dialogue”.

Faty herself relocated with her family from Kinshasa to Paris aged 8, finding her niche when in her early twenties a mutual friend brought her into contact with Robert Wyatt-collaborator, Bertrand Burgalat, whose cult Tricatel label has been referenced as a key influence by the likes of Air and Daft Punk. Burgalat encouraged and enabled her formative musical experiments – including a short-lived stint in a voodoo n roll band – all of which took a backseat when Faty was introduced to future TSHEGUE bandmate, French-Cuban producer Nicolas ‘Dakou’ Dacunha. It’s Dakou’s pounding beat patterns that form the thuggish backbone to the band’s distillation of elements spanning afropunk, garage and desert rock, with songwriting which also taps questions around Faty’s own experience of the challenges faced by the African diaspora.

Already making a name for themselves with commanding live performances (including packed-out festival appearances at the likes of Lowlands and The Great Escape), TSHEGUE will soon be announcing UK headline live shows to coincide with the release of more new music.


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