Konono No. 1 - Congotronics album mp3
Konono Nº1 is a musical group from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. They combine three electric likembé (a traditional instrument similar to the mbira) with voices, dancers, and percussion instruments that are made out of items salvaged from a junkyard. The group's amplification equipment is equally rudimentary, including a microphone carved out of wood fitted with a magnet from an automobile alternator and a gigantic horn-shaped amplifier.
Konono Nº1 – Congotronics. Genre: Electronic, Folk, World, & Country. Style: Tribal, African. CRAW 27. Konono Nº1. Congotronics (CD, Album).
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Konono N°1. Congotronics. There's no other sound quite like it, and there's no other band like Konono No. 1, the assemblage of Bazombo musicians, dancers, and singers from Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) that makes the likembe the center of their sound. Congotronics is actually the second Konono record to receive international distribution- last year's Lubuaku was a live recording from a European tour- and it's bound to win them a following amongst noiseniks, experimental music buffs, and open-minded worldbeat fans, though most other people will likely find it merely interesting.
Congotronics by Konono N°1, released 21 January 2005 1. Lufuala Ndonga 2. Masikulu 3. Kuke Kule 4. Ungudi Wele Wele 5. Paradiso 6. Kule Kule Reprise 7. Mama Liza Konono N. was founded over 25 years ago by Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembé (the 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.
A new Congotronics album will be coming out at the end of March. It's connected to Alain Gomis' feature film Félicité (which will be screened as part of the competition at the Berlin Film Festival next month). Konono N. probably coming to play shows in Europe soon (Jan/Feb). - "Makembe". Enhanced live footage of Konono N. filmed at Festival St. Nazaire, France, summer 2009. Get CDs and downloads here: crammed.
Konono No. 1 was formed in the 1980s by a group of Bazombo musicians, dancers, and singers from the Democratic Republic of Congo to play traditional likembe (thumb piano) music in the streets. Congotronics is Konono's second album (the first was a live outing entitled Lubuaku), and while it was ostensibly recorded in a studio setting, it sounds wonderfully live and immediate, as if the dozen members of the group were standing on a busy street corner like some Congolese version of a second-line Mardi Gras band, only with thumb pianos instead.
Konono N. 's "Congotronics" album introduced the world to the strange and spectacular electro-traditional mixtures which are being concocted in the suburbs of Kinshasa, Congo. Les Inrocks premiere new music video by Konono N°1 meets Batida, just ahead of K1's new tour. Konono n°1 meets batida. New album out in Europe now! "Konono meets Batida". Crammed Discs are happy to announce the new album by Konono n°1 !
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