French-Congolese afropunk duo TSHEGUE released their “Telema” E.P. This week.
TSHEGUE recently shared the clattering and intuitively energetic new video for M’Benga Bila — video shared below
The name TSHEGUE is taken from the Congolese slang word for the boys who gather on the streets of Kinshasa — it also became their front woman’s FATY SY SAVANET childhood nickname, growing up in the country’s music-obsessed capital city.
After migrating with her family from Kinshasa to Paris aged eight, Faty found a niche when a common friend brought her into contact with the Robert Wyatt-collaborator, Bertrand Burgalat. His work on the Tricatel label had been impactful on Air and Daft Punk.
Burgalat enabled constructive musical research — including a stint for Faty in a voodoo ‘n’ roll band — all of which took a backseat when Faty was introduced to the French-Cuban producer Nicolas ‘Dakou’ Dacunha. It’s Dakou’s throbbing beatform shapes that power the thuggin and buggin urgency of TSHEGUE’S processes, as they create sounds that range from afropunk, via garage rock and into desert rock, with songwriting and lyricism that taps into Faty’s own experiences of the challenges faced by the African diaspora.
Telema by Tshegue is out now
See the duo LIVE — 25-28 July CHARLTON PARK WOMAD Festival