Konono No.1 + Kongo Dia Ntotila
LONDON Rich Mix
35-47 Bethnal Green Road
Extraordinary Congolese band Konono No.1 return to London for a special show at Rich Mix this July following the release of their new album Konono No. 1 meets Batida on Crammed; 'the latest instalment in the amazing Congotronics journey' (Uncut)
Expect extraordinary, radical grooves from this cult Congolese dance outfit. Playing on scrap metal percussion and spiky metal thumb pianos, they pound out exuberant and rhythmic beats that are distorted through amplifiers made from old car parts. Their repertoire draws largely on Congolese trance music, but they've had to incorporate the originally unwanted distortions of their sound system. This has driven them towards a unique sound that resonates with the aesthetics of the most experimental forms of rock and electronic music. The result is both futuristic and primeval. Electronica and avant-rock aficionados have all been equally amazed by this otherworldly dance music, which has driven the international press to come up with some surprising comparisons (from Can and Krautrock to Jimi Hendrix, Lee Perry and proto-techno!).
‘Zumba and recreational drug-use be damned, the purest serotonin comes from the gut, kids’ (The Arts Desk)
‘The hypnotic groove they conjure is based on the traditional trance music of the Congo’s Bazombi tribe, and comparisons have been made with techno and the Velvet Underground’ (**** The Guardian)
'This album is a sonic continuum to get lost in, and it’s already approaching the summit of my albums of the year list.' (Songlines)
Support comes from Kongo Dia Ntotila - a fusion of African roots inspired beats and bass grooves with jazz detours.