Konono No.1

By Nick Castro

 

Konono No 1 means "All-Powerful Likembe Orchestra". This seems a fitting name for this hard-driving electrified likembe band. A likembe is much like a thumb piano or kalimba. Konono members build their own large versions of these instruments with various parts picked up from a local junkyard. They use magnets ripped from old car alternators wrapped in copper wire in place of traditional pickups and microphones. They use lance-voix, an old-fashioned tool used to spread propaganda, in place of speakers. Their sound is distorted and raw, an aesthetic often associated... Read More

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