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 ...

News

“Yambadi Mama”


Les Inrocks premiere new music video by Konono N°1 meets Batida, just ahead of K1's new tour.

KONONO N°1 & BATIDA say "Bom Dia"!


Les Inrockuptibles premiere the new video by Konono n°1 & Batida, and are dubbing them "Purveyors of Joy"....

KONONO N°1 MEETS BATIDA


New album out in Europe now!

"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!

Live Dates

31/03/2017
FR
VILLENEUVE-LA- GAR...
01/04/2017
DK
COPENHAGEN
02/04/2017
DE
Berlin
05/04/2017
FR
VILLEFRANCHE SUR S...
06/04/2017
FR
SAINT ETIENNE
07/04/2017
FR
BOURGOIN JALLIEU

Releases

KONONO NO.1 - Assume Crash Position
KONONO NO.1
Assume Crash Position
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KONONO NO.1 - Congotronics 1
KONONO NO.1
Congotronics 1
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KONONO NO.1 - Buzz'n'Rumble From The Urb'n'Jungle
KONONO NO.1
Buzz'n'Rumble From The Urb'n'Jungle
craw29
KONONO NO.1 - Alternative Takes on Congotronics
KONONO NO.1
Alternative Takes on Congotronics
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