DIY upcycled street orchestra from Kinshasa, Congo | Congotronics | “thumb piano”
This monday 23 Feb in OCCII, Amsterdammie!!!!!!!!!!
Konono N°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, a virtuoso of the likembé (a 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. There’s also a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts), three singers, three dancers and a sound system featuring these famous megaphones.
here a link to a 50 year old Konono no1 recording!!!! (uploaded by producer Vincent Kenis)
support by Rebel Up dj’s + dj Andy Moor & De Boer (The Ex)
OCCII THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED. 50 PLACES WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR ON THE EVENING OF THE CONCERT.
SO BE EARLY IF YOU STILL WANT TO GET IN. PEACE
more info on OCCII site
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