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Konono No 1 on tour (African Fest Saturday, a show w/ Javelin Sunday) , on the ‘Raise Hope For Congo’ comp


“Our annual celebration of African music, food and culture builds to an ecstatic crescendo with the distortion-fueled trance music of Congolese thumb-piano wizards Konono No. 1. Dakar heavyweights Omar Pene & Super Diamono, seminal figures in the birth of the modern Senegalese sound, add a jolt of energy to the proceedings, while the distinctive voice of Zimbabwean Afro-soul diva Chiwoniso, the pan-African reggae of Meta & The Cornerstones, and the festival horns and drums from Haiti’s Djarara bring other unique flavors to the day.”

Konono No 1
Omar Pene
Meta & The Cornerstones

As previously mentioned, the great Konono No 1 will headlines the annual free Celebrate Brooklyn African Festival in Prospect this Saturday (July 17, 2010 2 – 9 p.m. Gates open at 1 p.m. @ the bandshell). If you miss it, possibly because you’re at the Siren Festival, there’s also Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday. That indoor Manhattan show is being opened by Javelin and tickets are still on sale.

Konono are currently touring in support of a new album. They also recently contributed the track “Nsimba & Nzuzi” to a charity compilation called “Raise Hope For Congo“. Click the link to check it out. The full tracklist, along with updated tour dates, below…

Konono No 1 – 2010 Tour Dates
07/15 – Cisco Ottawa Blues Festival – Ottawa, CANADA
07/16 – Festival Nuits D’Afrique – Montreal, CANADA
07/17 – Celebrate Brooklyn – Brooklyn, NY
07/18 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York City, NY
07/19 – Millenium Park – Chicago, IL
07/20 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
07/21 – World Café Live – Philadelphia, PA
07/22 – Black Cat – Washington D.C.
07/23 – Floyd Fest – Floyd, VA
07/25 – Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary, CANADA

1. Lonely Soldier – Damien Rice
2. Not Immune – Imaad Wasif
3. Angel Mom – Jesca Hoop
4. 40 – Meshell Ndegeocello
5. Je t’aime – Staff Benda Bilili
6. Leila – Angelique Kidjo
7. Na Miso – Chantal Kreviazuk
8. World of Trouble – Norah Jones
9. My Name is Mwamaroyi – Sheryl Crow
10. Don’t Let Me – Amel Larrieux
11. Raise Hope – Omékongo Dibinga & Shahin Shahida
12. Never Again – Ozomatli & The Agahoza Shalom Youth Village
13. Sleep Alone – Bat For Lashes
14. Before You Were Young (Live at Joe’s Pub) – Travis
15. Hora Zero (Live at Wecheter) – Rodrigo y Gabriela
16. Tambara – Amadou & Mariam
17. Nsimba & Nzuzi – Konono No 1
18. Priority (A Cappella) – Mos Def

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