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Konono No. 1
Lubuaku - Orchestre Tout Puissant Likembe Konono No. 1 de Mingiedi

Konono No. 1: Lubuaku - Orchestre Tout Puissant Likembe Konono No. 1 de Mingiedi (Terp African Series)
Label: Terp African Series    
Released in: The Netherlands    

This live disc captures the raw energy of Konono far better than the studio recording Congotronics. Recorded during Konono's tour with Dutch punk band The Ex.

"Konono No.1 from Kinshasa, Congo, was founded more than 25 years ago by likembe (thumb-piano) virtuoso Mingiedi Mawangu. The band was one of the first groups to use electric amplified likembes.
They build everything themselves. The pick-ups are made from hammered bits of car starter-motors, handwound with copper-wire, they made wooden microphones and jack-plugs from bits of copper-wire and branches. With a 25 watts amplifier on a car battery and the typical "lance voix" field speakers they play fast, powerful, distorted music with the energy and rawness of a punkband.
Konono No.1 plays music based on the tradition of the Bazombe, a tribe living on the border of Angola and Congo. Their style is also the basis of modern Congolese music like Zaiko Langa Langa. They have three likembes; solo, accompaniment and bass, three drummers; congas (ngoma), cowbells and a kind of hi-hat from metal plates, two singers, three women dancers and the mysteriously moving "president". It is a rough type of Congolese urban music. The lyrics give bitter comment on the social situation in the Congo.
Tony van der Eecken, a Belgian Congo music specialist, phoned us up one day to offer this Congolese band Konono to play on a tour with the Ex. He thought Konono would fit better for our audience than in the regular "world-music" circuit. We didn't know, we believed him and he was right! It was their first ever visit to the West, VERA their first ever gig in a rock club. The audience was flabbergasted, what power, sound and energy. And what volume!
This CD is a tribute to Konono No.1, to that first ever gig in Holland. It's a rough recording, directly stereo recorded from the mixer. But the music speaks for itself. PLAY LOUD!"-Terrie Ex

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Product Information:

Label: Terp African Series
Catalog ID: AS09
Squidco Product Code: 4841

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: The Netherlands
Packaging: Jewel Tray Box

Mingiedi Mawangu : likembe solo

Makuntima Mawangu : likembe 2nd solo, vocals, percussion

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Makananu Georges : vocals

Menga Waku : vocals

Kabuika Nsekula : likembe bass, percussion

Kuavita Nzimbu : bells, likembe

Kanda Mateta : percussion

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