Konono No.1's "Congotronics" album introduced the world to the strange and spectacular electro-traditional mixtures which are being concocted in the suburbs of Kinshasa, Congo. World music, electronica and avant-rock aficionados have all been equally amazed by this otherworldly music, which has driven the international press to come up with some surprising comparisons (from Can and Krautrock to Jimi Hendrix, Lee Perry and proto-techno!...).

The band was founded back in the 1960s by Mingiedi Mawangu, a virtuoso of the likembé (a traditional instrument sometimes called "sanza" or "thumb piano", consisting ...


"Konono meets Batida"

Crammed Discs are happy to announce the new album by Konono n°1 !

Konono No.1 founder Mingiedi Mawangu passed away

He was 85. He founded Konono No.1 in the 1960s and invented his own electrified likembe, which gave Konono No.1 its distinctive sound. He led the band and toured with them until a few years ago.

Congotronics vs Rockers voted #1 London gig of 2011

... by London-based live blog Londonears

Congotronics vs Rockers Tour = 30 day discount at 30%

30% discount on selected Congotronics CDs & LPs ! Only until July 30th!

Exciting debut shows for Congotronics vs Rockers

The first 2 concerts (in Brussels and Madrid) have been amazing!

Follow the writing sessions for Congotronics vs Rockers !...

10 Congolese and 10 indie artists in 6 countries are currently swapping files to prepare this incredible project.

Congotronics vs Rockers: first tour dates announced

The exceptional tour by the collaborative ensemble featuring Konono N°1, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Wildbirds & Peacedrums and Skeletons is taking shape!

Konono No.1 win Grammy, tour Europe

The award for "Best Pop Collaboration" went to 'Imagine' by Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Konono No.1, Seal, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare

Congotronics Vinyl Box Set has arrived !

This strictly limited edition contains 7 vinyls (incl. the new Konono) and downloads of all Congotronics albums

Live Dates

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KONONO NO.1 - Assume Crash Position
Assume Crash Position
KONONO NO.1 - Congotronics 1
Congotronics 1
KONONO NO.1 - Buzz'n'Rumble From The Urb'n'Jungle
Buzz'n'Rumble From The Urb'n'Jungle
KONONO NO.1 - Alternative Takes on Congotronics
Alternative Takes on Congotronics

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