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Konono No.1

Congotronics

Label: Ache
Genre: WORLD
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Format: LP
Released: May 2008
Catalogue Number: ACHE021
Tracks for: Congotronics
Time
1. KONONO NO.1 : 01
2. KONONO NO.1 : 02
3. KONONO NO.1 : 03

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konono no.1 - Congotronics

Back in stock! Vinyl edition now available again! Talk about a classic, this collection of tracks from legendary African band Konono No.1 is as classic as they come. The band was originally formed by Mawangu Mingiedi in the late 1970s and was particularly groundbreaking thanks to the use of home-made amplifiers which they hooked up to custom-modified Likembes (thumb pianos) which were accompanied by percussion made from abandoned car parts. You have no doubt already guessed that the sound is not your strictly traditional African music, rather Konono No.1 with their electrified instruments sound like an African take on experimental rock music or even electronics. Although the songs might take a traditional trance-based structure, as they build through the highs and lows there is a distinct feeling that this is something fresh, something truly exciting. And then there's the live shows - you see Konono No.1 might be wired up, but they're a live band and have a handful of dancers in their regular lineup who add a visual flair (and some eye candy) to the show, showing there's more to life than a laptop and a clicking mouse. If you've never heard Konono No.1 before then I urge you to start here, even if you have had no prior contact with African music, 'Congotronics' is an essential album for any self-respecting music fan. It's important, crucial in fact to hear what these guys have done in a cut off society without the constant prod of Western influence. Amazing stuff, and about as essential as they come - buy it!

KONONO NO.1 - Assume Crash Position, Crammed Discs
KONONO NO.1 - Live at Couleur Cafe, Crammed Discs
KONONO NO.1 - Live In Tokyo EP, Crammed Discs
KONONO NO.1 - Congotronics, Crammed Discs
SHACKLETON / KONONO NO.1 - Mukuba Special / Rubaczech, CONGOTRONICS
VARIOUS / 14 TRACKS - 14 tracks: FatCat Split Series , Boomkat / 14 Tracks
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KONONO NO.1

Assume Crash Position

Crammed Discs

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The long long awaited second album proper from one of the most exceptional, visceral bands in the world.

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KONONO NO.1

Live at Couleur Cafe

Crammed Discs

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KONONO NO.1

Live In Tokyo EP

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KONONO NO.1

Congotronics

Crammed Discs

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Mukuba Special / Rubaczech

CONGOTRONICS

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Heavyweight 12" pressing with Shackleton reworking the Kasai Allstars, and Burnt Friedman taking on Konono.

VARIOUS / 14 TRACKS

14 tracks: FatCat Split Series

Boomkat / 14 Tracks

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OS MUTANTES - Mutantes, Lilith
SON PALENQUE - Samba / El Lobo / Aguata, Honest Jon's Records
ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM & LUIZ FLORIANO BONFA - Samba, Saudade & Bossa Nova, Get Back
SOLOMON ILORI AND HIS AFRO-DRUM ENSEMBLE - Igbesi Aiye, Honest Jon's Records
VARIOUS / NUMERO GROUP - Cult Cargo : Belize City Boil Up, Numero Group
PENNY PENNY / DJ MORUTI / TSHEPANG “RAMBO” RAMOBA / NTSAKO - Penny Penny (Remixes), AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA
VARIOUS / SUBLIME FREQUENCIES - 1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground (Reissue), Sublime Frequencies
JEMAA EL FNA - Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna, Sublime Frequencies
SOFRITO / ESNARD BOISDUR - Soufwans, Sofrito Super Singles
NOZINJA - Tsekeleke, Warp Records
NOZINJA - Tsekeleke, Warp Records
MUSLIMGAUZE - Deceiver (Vol. 3 & 4), Staalplaat

OS MUTANTES

Mutantes

Lilith

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SON PALENQUE

Samba / El Lobo / Aguata

Honest Jon's Records

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SOLOMON ILORI AND HIS AFRO-DRUM ENSEMBLE

Igbesi Aiye

Honest Jon's Records

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PENNY PENNY / DJ MORUTI / TSHEPANG “RAMBO” RAMOBA / NTSAKO

Penny Penny (Remixes)

AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA

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Irresistible Tsonga Disco House from Penny Penny circa 1994, backed with equally infectious remixes

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1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground (Reissue)

Sublime Frequencies

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Classic Sublime Frequencies, available on CD format for the first time.

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JEMAA EL FNA

Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna

Sublime Frequencies

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Classic Sublime Frequencies, available on CD for the first time.

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SOFRITO / ESNARD BOISDUR

Soufwans

Sofrito Super Singles

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Seductive house reworks of Esnard Boisdur, one of the great voices of Gwo Ka.

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NOZINJA

Tsekeleke

Warp Records

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Big Dog Nozinja debuts on Warp with the Shangaan burn of 'Tsekeleke'

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NOZINJA

Tsekeleke

Warp Records

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Big Dog Nozinja debuts on Warp with the Shangaan burn of 'Tsekeleke'

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MUSLIMGAUZE

Deceiver (Vol. 3 & 4)

Staalplaat

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"The original two-disc Deceiver from 1996 is a seminal release in Bryn Jones’ sprawling discography..."