Tag Archives: Congolese

Review: Konono No. 1 @ Rich Mix (London, 30th July 2016)

Review: Konono No. 1 @ Rich Mix (London, 30th July 2016)

The Grammy award winning group Konono No. 1 was formed in Congo in the late 1960s. Their distinctive sound is driven by three likembas (bass, medium and treble thumb pianos). What separates them from so many traditional acts is the rudimentary, homemade amplification of the likembas. This sound is also known...
Interview: Baloji @ Brighton Dome (May 2016)

Interview: Baloji @ Brighton Dome (May 2016)

“This is NOT world music, this is OUR music! You can’t put me in a box just because I’m black! You can’t put me in a box because I’m African and I’m proud of what I am! Brighton, if you are with us, raise your finger!” With these few words,...
Review: Criolo + Baloji @ Koko (London, 24th April 2016)

Review: Criolo + Baloji @ Koko (London, 24th April 2016)

It was billed as one of the highlights of 2016’s La Linea Festival, but Criolo and Baloji gig at Koko went above and beyond all expectations. The event was the unequivocal proof that hip-hop has a thousand faces, and the remarkable ability to adapt and absorb different cultures to spread...
Review: Mbongwana Star @ (Oval Space (London, 1st November 2015)

Review: Mbongwana Star @ (Oval Space (London, 1st November 2015)

This has undoubtedly been Mbongwana Stars’ year. The six-piece hail from Congo and is comprised of Liam Farrell, Ranay Kalambayi, Theo, R9, Coco and Sage. They’ve been going from strength to strength following the release of their debut album ‘From Kinshasa’, earlier this year. The crowd couldn’t miss this opportunity...