If you listen to one track from a band out of the Democratic Republic of Congo today, let it be this one

If you listen to one track from a band out of the Democratic Republic of Congo today, let it be this one Congo
If you don’t see a music player below, click the photo above. Sorry, the Grooveshark player is weird.

Konono Nº1 is a Grammy nominated musical group from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Via Wikipedia:

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.

The above track (if you’re reading via RSS click here), Kule Kule, is a collaboration with Jherek Bischoff and is one of the most supremely wonderful things to fill my ears in quite some time. If Colossal had a soundtrack, this would be on it. Incidentally this is the same track used by Tim Wheatley in his Cyclotrope video. Buy the track off iTunes.

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