Konono No.1's "Congotronics" album introduced the world to the strange and spectacular electro-traditional mixtures which are being concocted in the suburbs of Kinshasa, Congo. World music, electronica and avant-rock aficionados have all been equally amazed by this otherworldly music, which has driven the international press to come up with some surprising comparisons (from Can and Krautrock to Jimi Hendrix, Lee Perry and proto-techno!...).

The band was founded back in the 1960s by Mingiedi Mawangu, a virtuoso of the likembĂ© (a traditional instrument sometimes called "sanza" or "thumb piano", consisting ...

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Exciting debut shows for Congotronics vs Rockers


The first 2 concerts (in Brussels and Madrid) have been amazing!

Enthusiastic audiences... great reviews (see below)... and 22 ecstatic band members*, who can't wait to get together again for the tour, which starts on June 26.

Watch the first live excerpts from the premiere at Cirque Royal.

(Konono No.1, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Skeletons' Matt Mehlan and Wildbirds & Peacedrums).

All dates and more info here

review + plenty picture here: 

http://blog.lesoir.be/frontstage/2011/05/13/congotronics-twelve-points/

and here:

http://www.gonzocircus.com/12895/fotoverslag-congotronics-vs-rockers-les-nuits-botanique-12052011

 

And here's an excellent live review in the NME:



Releases

KONONO NO.1 - Assume Crash Position
KONONO NO.1
Assume Crash Position
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KONONO NO.1 - Congotronics 1
KONONO NO.1
Congotronics 1
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KONONO NO.1 - Buzz'n'Rumble From The Urb'n'Jungle
KONONO NO.1
Buzz'n'Rumble From The Urb'n'Jungle
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KONONO NO.1 - Alternative Takes on Congotronics
KONONO NO.1
Alternative Takes on Congotronics
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