Monday, September 28, 2009
Konono No. 1 : Congotronics 1 & 2
Ahh the Kalimba, what a wonderful little apparatus. Im dying to get my hands on one myself. The Kalimba or electric Likembé, is an african instrument also called a thumb piano or lamellaphone, it is featured in the following clip. I am absolutely infatuated with its singular and mesmerizing sound.
Konono No. 1 is a musical group from Kinshasa in the African Congo. They are a testament of the resilience of the d.i.y. aesthetic on a global scale. Their first album gained worldwide recognition in the marginally esosteric, dance music and even rock circles for its fresh and hipnotizing quality.
Congotronics 2 is more of a compilation featuring Konono No. 1 and other fairly similar but no less noteworthy artists.
[#1 is in .m4a format]