Konono No. 1 Meets Batida

Konono No. 1 Meets Batida

by Konono No.1Konono No.1

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Overview

Konono No. 1 Meets Batida is the first full-scale collaborative album by the world-renowned Congolese percussion ensemble, as well as the long-running group's first recording since the 2015 death of Mingiedi Mawangu, who founded the group back in the '60s. Ever since the 2004 release of Konono's debut studio album, Congotronics, the collective has earned widespread admiration from alternative, experimental, and electronic music communities due to their D.I.Y. sound incorporating self-made amplification techniques and instruments built from salvaged junkyard parts. Based in Lisbon, Portugal, dance producer Batida (Pedro Coquenão) originally hails from Angola, adjacent to Konono's home country, and his tracks heavily sample the region's music. The collaborative album seems like a logical evolution of Konono's traditional yet technology-savvy sound, sounding perfectly in line with their own discography as well as with the Lisbon dance underground and labels such as Principe Discos and Enchufada. Batida adds up-front, ticking electronic beats to several of the tracks, as well as filtering effects common to any DJ's mixing board, but he generally lets the ensemble's spirited polyrhythms and vocal harmonies carry themselves. However, there are a few moments, such as "Kinsumba," where Batida works his studio wizardry, cutting up Konono's percussion and vocals into samples and rearranging them as on an extended 12" dance mix. In addition to the presence of contemporary electronics, the album seems a bit more tightly focused on vocals than previous Konono releases. The release includes guest appearances from Lisbon-based Mozambican singer Selma Uamusse and MC/poet A.F. Diaphra, whose fluid rhymes effortlessly blend with the heavy, hypnotic rhythms. On "Bom Dia," Konono actually put away their electrified percussion instruments; their a cappella vocals and handclaps are only joined by a sparse techno beat from Batida. Even without his contribution, the song is every bit as exuberant and propulsive as their usual compositions, even if it's not quite as loud and fleshed-out. On the 11-minute "Nzonzing Familia," Batida's electronic drums are so well integrated into the mix that it's hard to tell who's contributing what. Konono No. 1 Meets Batida is a resoundingly successful collaboration, and any cut from it would sound absolutely killer on a dancefloor.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2016
Label: Crammed Disc Us
UPC: 0876623007340
catalogNumber: 261
Rank: 122790

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Konono No.1   Primary Artist
Pauline Mbuka Nsiala   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Ndofusu Mbiyavanga   Percussion,Tam-tam,Group Member
Menga Waku   Vocals,Likembe,Group Member
Visi Vincent   Drums,Group Member
Selma Uamusse   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Pedro Coquenão   Synthesizer,Vocals,Dikanza
Sacerdote   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Papa Juju (Junior)   Guitar,Guest Appearance
A.F. Diaphra   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi   Vocals,Likembe,Group Member

Technical Credits

Vincent Kenis   Producer
Hanna Gorjaczkowska   Art Direction
Pauline Mbuka Nsiala   Composer
Menga Waku   Composer
Pedro Coquenão   Composer,Producer,drum machine
Batida   Arranger
Vera Marmelo   Original Photography
A.F. Diaphra   Composer
Silvia Baldan   Artwork
Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi   Composer

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