Mbongwana Star

March 3
7 p.m.
Electro Pop, Experimental, Pop, Rock, World

In the Lingala language, mbongwana means change, and Mbongwana Star, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has embraced that concept with gusto. Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza founded the band in 2013 after a management dispute prompted them to leave Staff Benda Bilili, a scrappy Kinshasa rumba band consisting mostly of shantytown paraplegics who got around on tricked out tricycles. Looking for a new direction, the pair hooked up with Parisian producer, bassist, and percussionist Liam Farrell, aka Doctor L. The 2015 album they created, From Kinshasa, is surrealist, space-age Afropop, crossbreeding Congolese rumba, soukous, and shards of reggae with a bristling stew of twisted grooves, conspiratorial electronic tangents, industrial clangs, buzzing distortions, and dozens of other sonic shenanigans. This is deep tradition rocketed into another dimension — or as one tune is called, “From Kinshasa to the Moon.” With ZULUZULUU.