Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Le Guess Who? tips: Konono No.1 in Melkweg

Konono Nº1 is a Grammy nominated musical group from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. They combine three electric likembé (a traditional instrument similar to the mbira) with voices, dancers, and percussion instruments that are made out of items salvaged from a junkyard. The group's amplification equipment is equally rudimentary, including a microphone carved out of wood fitted with a magnet from an automobile alternator and a gigantic horn-shaped amplifier.

Konono No.1 will be playing in Melkweg Amsterdam this Sunday.

Konono No.1 will also be playing on June 30th: Le Guess Who? presents Congotronics vs. Rockers in Tivoli, Utrecht (also with Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Wildbirds & Peacedrums and Skeletons). Tickets are available via venue Tivoli and Ticketservice for foreign visitors.

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