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Konono No. 1

11/7/2005
In-studio performance
The new African "buzz" band of 2005, with the release of their album "Congotronics", discovered by Belgian producer Vincent Kenis in Kinshasa, Congo. Their 72-year old leader Mingiedi has actually led this group for over 30 years. It's an improbable mix of traditional "likembe"- traditional thumb piano from rural Congo, but then amplified using homemade pick-ups and electronics, along with makeshift percussion instruments. Konono No. 1 made their first US appearance in Seattle in early November, 2005- and this was their very first performance for American radio, live on KEXP. -

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