(Crammed Discs, Kinshasa)
After more than 5 years Konono N° 1 will finally release a new album in spring 2016! Produced by Global Bass star DJ Batida!
L´orchestre folklorique T.P. Konono N° 1 was founded over 40 years ago by the legendary Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembe (the traditional instrument sometimes called "thumb piano" consisting of metal rods attached to a wooden resonator). The band's line-up includes two electric likembés equipped with hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts and plugged into amplifiers. There's a rhythm section which uses traditional and makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts) and a peculiar sound system including megaphones dating from the colonial period. Mingiedi passed away in spring 2015, but his legacy and the Orchestra he once founded live on!
The members of the group come from an area which sits right across the border between Congo and Angola. Their repertoire draws largely on Bazombo trance music, to which they added the originally unwanted distortion of their sound system.
Worldwide reactions to their debut album "Congotronics 1" were exceptional, and made the band a household name in the dance and alternative rock scenes as well as in world music circles: they played festivals such as Sonar, Coachella and The Big Chill. Meanwhile an army of celebrity admirers gathered, including Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Beck, Björk (whose album 'Volta' featured a guest Konono performance), and Herbie Hancock, to whose 'Imagine Project' they contributed. Konono N° 1 have been remixed by Mark Ernestus, Micachu & The Shapes, Burnt Friedman and Optimo, among many others.
on tour: May + June 2016, also available for summer festivals