Konono

"Assume Crash Position" is the new album from Congolese street band Konono No.1, the fourth volume in the Congotronics series from Crammed Discs. It will be released in May 2010.

Once again recorded in their home domain of Kinshasa, DR Congo by Congotronics series producer Vincent Kenis, the long-anticipated follow-up to Konono's 2005 debut sees their trademark thrilling junkyard sonics and relentlessly hypnotic percussive grooves (as created using thumb pianos and drums made from scrap metal and disused car parts) further elevated with electric guitars and bass - played by neighbourhood musicians from a young Konono covers band! - as well as a wider range of vocalists plus guest appearances from guitarist Manuaku Pepe Felly (Zaïko Langa Langa) and members of fellow Congotronics band Kasai Allstars. [Crammed Discs]

Konono No.1 will be back in the US for the first time since opening for Bjork on her Volta tour (an album they also appeared on) in 2007.

This July their tour will travel to select Canadian and US cities. In NYC, the band plays (Le) Poisson Rouge on July 18th. Tickets are on sale.

All tour dates, the band's lineup, album art and tracklist for the new record and a video, below...

Konono No.1

"Assume Crash Position" tracklist
1. Wumbanzanga
2. Thin Legs
3. Mama Na Bana
4. Makembe
5. Fula Fula
6. Guiyome
7. Konono Wa Wa Wa

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KONONO N°1

KONONO NO. 1 LINEUP
Mingiedi Mawangu: likembe
Augustin Makuntima Mawangu: likembe
Menga Waku: vocals, bass likembe
Antoine Ndombele: bass likembe
Pauline Mbuka Nsiala: vocals
Vincent Visi: snare drum
Ndofusu Mbiyavanga: percussion, tam tam
Duki Makumbu: bass guitar
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Konono No.1 - 2010 Tour Dates
Apr 28 CASINO MODERN Genk, Belgium
Apr 29 De Oosterpoort GRONINGEN, Netherlands
Apr 30 Cultuurcentrum De Warande TURNHOUT, Belgium
May 01 KVS BRUSSELS, Belgium
May 02 Le Grand Mix TOURCOING, France
May 05 De Roma BORGERHOUT, Belgium
May 06 l'Abordage EVREUX, France
May 08 All Tomorrow's Parties Minehead, UK
May 09 Scala London, UK
May 11 Metropolis Bristol, UK
May 13 FutureEverything Manchester, UK
May 16 Bimhuis Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 18 L'Ampli Pau, France
May 20 Le VIP ST NAZAIRE, France
May 21 Festival Art Rock St Brieuc, France
May 22 Festival Territorios Seville, Spain
May 23 Festival Barbes L'Africaine Paris, France
May 27 File Festival Cadiz,Spain
May 29 Africa Vive Festival Madrid, Spain
Jul 09 FOLK FESTIVAL Winnipeg, Canada
Jul 13 QUEBEC CITY INTERNATIONAL SUMMER FESTIVAL Quebec City, Canada
Jul 18 LE POISSON ROUGE NY, NY
Jul 19 MILLENIUM PARK Chicago, IL
Jul 20 CHICAGOEMPTY BOTTLE Chicago, IL
Jul 21 WORLD CAFE LIVE Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 22 BLACK CAT Washington, DC
Jul 23 FLOYD FEST FLOYD, VA