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Congotronics by Konono No.1

11.14.06   |   Posted in: Music   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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african-electronic-music.jpgCongotronics by Konono No.1 has its roots in Bazombo trance music. The group’s distinctive sound comes from three likembés, or thumb pianos, which are played by plucking varying lengths of metal bars. The hand-made amplification through salvaged magnets adds a distortion which bears a resemblance to electronic music and even some experimental rock. Some of the percussion was even assembled from old pots and car parts. The resulting sound is amazing.

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