konono no. 1

Review: Konono Nº1 and Batida Redefine Trance on ‘Konono Nº1 Meets Batida’

Although one should never underestimate the international pleasures of the big beat, Western festival enthusiasm for Kinshasan percussion ensemble Konono Nº1 remains a rather unlikely…
Jason Gubbels / April 25, 2016

Konono No. 1, ‘Assume Crash Position’ (Crammed Discs)

Four tracks into this Kinshasa institution's second album since the 1960s, founder Mingiedi Mawangu's solo is interrupted by the alarming thud of a brick wall…
Richard Gehr / May 24, 2010