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Though Konono N°1 started as a Congolese Bazombo band playing in the streets for fun and tips, their buzzing, DIY approach to amplifying the likembe put them in a genre all their own. This beautifully unclassifiable debut album finds them bringing on all manner of salvaged percussion, from car parts to kitchen utensils, resulting in the explosive, cacophonous sounds found in the shimmying "Masikulu," the steel-drum-meets-synthesizer beat of "Kule Kule," and the urgent, techno-like "Paradiso."

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NY Times Best of the Year Pick

Jon Pareles of the New York Times rated this #9 in the top 10 best albums of the year (12/25/05 issue).


Formed: 1966 in Kinshasa, Congo

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Konono No. 1 have combined the spirit of traditional African music with the junk instrument concept and the progressive electronic aspect of modern times. The group's full name was L'Orchestre Folklorique T.P. Konono No. 1 de Mingiedi, "T.P." being translated as "all powerful." (It was also a tribute to the band of the legendary Congolese musician Franco, which was called T.P.O.K. Jazz.) The band was founded by Mawangu Mingiedi, a member of the Zombo or Bazombo ethnic group, whose homeland was located...
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