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Konono N.1


Label: Crammed Discs

Format: CD

Genre: Rock

In stock

This group was founded over 25 yrs ago by Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembé ('thumb piano'). The band's line-up includes 3 electric likembés, equipped w/ hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts, & plugged into amplifiers. There's also a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion, 3 singers, 3 dancers & a peculiar sound system including megaphones dating from the colonial period. Their repertoire draws largely on Bazombo trance music, to which they've had to incorporate the originally-unwanted distortions of their sound system. This has provoked a radical mutation of their sound, & has accidentally connected them w/ the aesthetics of experimental rock & electronic music.
Cat. number: CRAW 27
Year: 2004
'Recorded in Halle de la Gombe, Kinshasa, Congo, except track 5 recorded live at the Paradiso in Amsterdam Mixed in Hotel Matonge, Kinshasa, Congo, and Studio XXL, Brussels' (p) 2004 Crammed Discs (c) 2004 Crammed Discs Manufactured and marketed by Crammed Discs Made in the USA SABAM/BIEM Barcode: 8 76623 00012 9 CD Matrix: DIDX-117421 IFPI L327