Konono No. 1

Musicians (Congo)

| Utne Reader September / October 2007


Konono No. 1 is a unique musical collective from Kinshasa whose members use percussion instruments salvaged from junkyards, electric likemb? (thumb piano), and voices filtered through a crude PA system. The cacophony is unforgettable. The band is led by Mawangu Mingiedi, a former taxi driver, now in his 70s, who adapts trance-inducing Bazombo ritual music, as heard on the band's critically acclaimed album Congotronics.

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