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Congotronics Meet Angolan Rhythms In Konono N°1 & Batida’s New Album

Kinshasa’s Grammy Award-winning Konono N°1 are joining forces with producer Batida for a new collaborative album.


Konono N°1, Kinshasa’s Grammy Award-winning electric likembe group, are joining forces with Angolan/Portuguese producer Pedro Coquenão aka Batida for a new collaborative album.

Konono N°1 Meets Batida looks to marry the the Congotronic rhythms of the Kinshasa-based group with Batida’s electronic blend of Angolan kuduro, semba and afro-house sounds. The project was entirely recorded in Coquenão’s garage studio in Lisbon.

“I remember mixing Konono tunes with beats on my first broadcasts back in 2007," Batida mentions. "On my first album, the track 'Tribalismo' was definitely inspired by K1's sound, and at my concerts, I had my own kalimba going through a Big Muff pedal, linked to an amp, looking for a similar K1 effect.”

“Nlele Kalusimbiko,” the album’s lead single, is an entrancing and heavily-percussive affair featuring Bissau-Guinean poet AF Diaphra on vocals and Papa Juju on guitar.

Hear it and watch an album trailer below.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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