July 17 - July 23, 2006




Sunday, July 23

Maldita Vecindad, Konono No. 1, Daara J - Central Park Summerstage 3PM FREE

I’m so psyched to get a chance to witness Kanono No. 1 that I can barely contain myself. Hailing from Kinshasa, Congo, Konono’s unique sound was born almost thirty years ago when their leader, seventy-three year old Mawangu Mingiedi, built a sound system to amplify his street band. A master of the likembé, or thumb piano, Mingiedi’s instrument had difficulty cutting through the sound of the other singers, percussionists, and general urban street noise. He went about amplifying his likembé and his band by building pickups out of car alternator magnets, turning car radios as amps, and putting the sound through discarded megaphones. His ingenuity didn’t stop there, Migiedi built hand-made microphones and employed pots and pans and more car parts as percussion instruments. The resulting sound, technically polyrhythmic traditional folk music and electronic music at the same time, is wildly distorted, energetic, trance-inducing, and, positively unlike anything I’ve ever heard in my life. I can hardly wait to hear it. And I’d also like to thank John Henry for hipping me to this... one of my new favorite things.

Konono video! (mov)

Action Action, The Matches, Valencia, Rediscover, New London Fire - Knitting Factory Main Space $12/$12
Bible of the Devil, Villians - Northsix $8
Bruce Gaston & Fong Naam special guests–Tonic 8PM $10
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio – Jazz Standard $20
Henry Threadgill's Zooid – Iridium $30
Pretty Girls Make Graves - McCarren Park FREE
The Photo Sticker Machine featuring Rik Vachilipilun and special guests –Tonic 10PM $10
The Sleepy Jackson, Sam Champion, Rick Steele, Luke Blonde Corporation - Bowery Ballroom $14/$16








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