KONONO Nº 1 CONGO
The idea to combine ancient bakongo music with electronic sounds came up in the 1960s, when the master of likembé Mingiedi Mawangu invited some musicians and used pieces of junkyard for sound amplification purposes. Such experiment resulted in unforeseen distortions. The civil war postponed the establishment of such original, wild and hypnotic collective to 2004, when Congotronics was released, earning the attention of international critics and rock and electronic music fans from the US, Europe and Japan. The group’s success also led to numerous invitations to play in festivals around the world. They recorded with Björk and were nominated for a Grammy in 2008 with “Live at Couleur Café”. The group also participated in the award-winning “The Imagine Project” by Herbie Hancock. After the album “Assume crash position” (2010), the group came back to the top with “Konono Nº1 meets Batida” (2016), produced by Portuguese-Angolan DJ Pedro Coquenão. After the group’s founder passed away in 2015, his son Augustin Makuntima Mawangu took over as band leader.