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Saturday, April 15, 2006

KONONO N°1 Coming to Higher Ground

This is crazy exciting:

Konono N°1 - July 18 - Higher Ground

There really isn't any way for me to explain Konono's music. It's addictive, inventive, and exciting. Their disc Congotronics was on loads of "best of 2005" lists.

This music is powered by spirits, and channeled through Konono N°1’s sound system, borne of the junkyard and transmitting aural fire. - Dusted Magazine

Here's their pr:
KONONO N°1 was founded over 25 years ago by Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembé (a traditional instrument sometimes called "sanza" or "thumb piano", consisting of metal rods attached to a resonator). The band's line-up includes three electric likembés (bass, medium and treble), equipped with hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts, and plugged into amplifiers. There's also a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts), three singers, three dancers and a sound system featuring these famous megaphones.

The musicians come from an area which sits right across the border between Congo and Angola. Their repertoire draws largely on Bazombo trance music, but they've had to incorporate the originally-unwanted distorsions of their sound system. This has made them develop a unique style which, from a sonic viewpoint, has accidentally connected them with the aesthetics of the most experimental forms of rock and electronic music, as much through their sounds than through their sheer volume (they play in front of a wall of speakers) and their merciless grooves.

Purchase Congotronics at Insound

Konono N°1 - Paradiso.mp3
Konono N°1 - Mama Liza.mp3


  • At 5:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Crammed Disc Konono release is pretty OK, but NOT their first release [as falsely claimed on Crammed Disc site]. Dutch-based Terp records released a live CD, recorded when they toured with The Ex early 2003, which really captures the raw intensity of this unique group's sound.

    KONONO NO.1 - LUBUAKU [terpAS-09]
    Recorded live at Vera, Groningen 5th February 2003

    Details and mp3 clip here...

    Buy online here...


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