July 24 - July 30, 2006




Monday, July 24

Konono No.1 - S.O.B.'s - $25
Yesterday I told you how excited I was to watch Kinshasa’s electrified likembé phenomenon, Konono No. 1 for the first time. I wasn’t at all disappointed except, as the band played in the middle of a three-band bill, they were forced to cut it short. Their forty-five minutes or so consisted of only two songs and the troupe was scaled down to six members, founder Mawangu Mingiedi and two others on likembés and three percussionists. The likembés this time were going through American guitar amps – so the bass one went through an Ampeg which sounded so deep that two people asked me where the bass player was. The lead was plugged into a Vox that was super-driven. And the vocals were all passed through their trademark megaphones. It sounded completely unique and amazing. The band pushed their tiny small polyrhythmic cycles into infinite variation – elevating the diverse audience into a unified trance. I try not to recommend the same thing two days in a row, but, if you’ve never caught Konono before, this is something you should witness, and, if you did see ‘em, here’s your chance to watch them really spread out.


Konono video! (mov)


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