Music moment: Konono No.1 “Paradiso”

02 Jun


Hmm for some reason thanks to swimming without any goggles and making a thai green curry with lots of stinging aromatics, i can´t focus my eyes and they seem to be streaming some water, Some peple would call it crying, but not me. I´m hard you know…

I was putting together a short mix of some the scrag ends of world music that i tend to pick up from place to place in the blogosphere. It was at this time when i remembered some of the wonderful music made by Congolese band Konono No. 1. So called because a lot of bands in the area also have the habit of calling themselves Konono as well.

These guys are hardcore DIY musicians of the purest kind. creating their instruments out of whatever scrap they can find, they are expononents of the “electrified” Mbira or  thumb piano. More well known abroad than in their native country, they´ve achieved a fair bit of international success, even getting to appear on the “earth Intruders” track on Björks last album “Volta”.

This track is from their 2005 Album “Congotronics“. This album is recommended if you fancy dipping your toes into contemporary African beat music.

you´ll hear those drums in your sleep….

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Posted by on June 2, 2010 in music, Video


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