Konono No. 1 | Congotronics 1
I was interviewing Andrew Barr last month for an upcoming "Rhapsody Mix Tape" and he mentioned a few albums I should check out. He studied in Mali back in the 90's, so I always come to him for recommendations from Africa, and this Konono No. 1 is one that I'm totally digging on. A totally unique album, Congotronics is basically traditional Congolese music dominated by thumb piano, or likembe, but with an almost electronic twist. The homemade amps and pickups on the thumb pianos and vocals created some amazingly gorgeous distortion. This is not something you have heard before, and for that reason you should click here and listen for ten minutes at least! - TK

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