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2018.5.18 Konono Nº1

Konono Nº1

刚果民主共和国 Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

时间 Time

2018.5.18 21:20 - 22:35

场地 Venue

华侨城创意文化园北区B10现场 B10 Live, North District of OCT-LOFT

 

演出者 Artists

Makonda Mbuta - 拇指琴 Likembé / 人声 Vocals

Menga Waku - 拇指琴 Likembé / 人声 Vocals

Mbuka Nsiala - 铃 Bells / 人声 Vocals

Visi Niati - 鼓 Drums / 人声 Vocals

Mbiyavanga Ndofunsu - 康加鼓 Congas

Konono N°1,刚果奇幻电拇指琴名团。拇指琴奏响,歌声飞溅,舞姿狂热。电音的皮肉,摇滚的骨血。欧美乐评人甚至为他们而造了一个专有名词:Congotronics。

Konono N°1是由刚果(金)已故音乐人Mingiedi Mawangu在上世纪60年代创立的乐队。从家乡巴刚果区搬到首都金沙萨后,Mingiedi Mawangu用从报废汽车上拆下的磁铁手工制作了麦克风,并为他的拇指琴通上了电。两台经过电声处理的拇指琴(低音和主音),再加上非洲传统以及由垃圾废品改造而成的打击乐器构成的强劲节奏组,造就了Konono N°1美妙澎湃、非同寻常的乐音。

让Konono N°1首次走出国门的作品,是一首收录于合辑《Zaïre: Musiques Urbaines À Kinshasa》的曲目,由Bernard Treton于1978年录制,80年代在Ocora厂牌旗下发行。这首曲子当时深深地震撼了比利时音乐家兼制作人Vincent Kenis。为了与他们取得联系,他无数次踏上到刚果寻访的旅途,终于在本世纪初找到了他们,并为他们录制了首张专辑。该专辑取名《Congotronics》(“刚果电音”),2004年由Crammed Discs厂牌发行。

《Congotronics》在世界范围内引起了轰动。Konono N°1野性十足又使人恍惚入迷的音乐迅速俘获了一众独立摇滚和电子音乐艺术家与乐迷的心,也获得了巨大的媒体反响,乃至狂热的追捧——《纽约时报》、《新闻周刊》和《村声》甚至将他们与Lee Perry、Jimi Hendrix、Miles Davis等传奇音乐人以及Krautrock音乐作比。音乐人对他们的狂热也丝毫不输,从Grizzly Bear、Andrew Bird、Wilco、CocoRosie、Animal Collective到Thom Yorke和Beck,许多音乐人称Konono N°1是他们创作灵感的一大来源。

作为前作的系列延续,《Congotronics 2: Buzz'n'Rumble From the Urb’n’Jungle》(“刚果电音2:来自城市与从来的轰鸣”)于2005年发行。专辑收录了包括Konono N°1在内的多个乐队的作品,每一支都以略微不同的方式融合了来自城市与乡村的刚果音乐。此外,专辑还附有一盘时长41分钟的DVD,收录了其中6支乐队在当地演出的珍贵影像资料。随后,Konono N°1的现场专辑《Live at Couleur Café》(获2008年格莱美提名)和第二张正式全长专辑《Assume Crash Position》(“采取迫降姿势”,2010年)相继面世。Konono N°1还与Seal、Pink、India.Arie、Jeff Beck和Oumou Sangare等共同参与了Herbie Hancock专辑《The Imagine Project》中一首歌曲的录制,并凭借该曲斩获了2011年的格莱美“最佳流行音乐合唱奖”。

Mingiedi Mawangu在2009年后就不再参与巡演,并于2015年去世,由其子Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi接掌乐队。2年后,Augustin也不幸离世,但Konono N°1的薪火并未熄灭,而是传承至第三代——由Augustin之子Makonda接任主音拇指琴演奏。Konono N°1是坚不可摧的,他们继续创作和演奏着只属于他们自己的音乐。


Konono N°1, a street legend of Kinshasa. Melody flowing from the likembés, their singing and dancing mania begins, and as you find yourself moving your body spontaneously along with their music, you will see beneath their electronic skin the soul of rock 'n' roll. Critics from the Western established a proper noun especially for them: Congotronics.

Konono N°1 was founded sometime in the 60s by the late Mingiedi Mawangu, after moving from his native Bakongo region to the Congolese capital Kinshasa, where he proceeded to electrify his likembé, using hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts. Konono N°1's sensational, relentless distortion-fuelled sound is generated by two electric likembés (bass and lead), and a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion made from junkyard scrap.

The first Konono N°1 recording which came out outside of the Congo was a track included in the “Zaïre: Musiques Urbaines À Kinshasa” compilation, recorded in 1978 by Bernard Treton for the Ocora label, and released during the 80s. This track struck the imagination of Belgian musician and producer Vincent Kenis, who set out to find the band during his numerous trips to the Congo. He finally located them in the early 2000s, and recorded their first album, entitled “Congotronics”, which came out in 2004 on Crammed Discs.

The release of “Congotronics” created a sensation. The band's wild, hypnotic sound made it an instant success with media, and with indie rock & electronic music artists and audiences across the world. The press went hyperbolic (the New York Times, Newsweek and the Village Voice, for example, amazingly compare Konono N°1 to Lee Perry, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Krautrock…). The enthusiasm was as remarkable among musicians: Konono N°1 became a reference, and was quoted as a major source of inspiration by numerous artists, from Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Wilco, CocoRosie and Animal Collective to Thom Yorke, Beck...

“Congotronics 2: Buzz'n'Rumble From the Urb'n'Jungle” (2005) expands on the first volume of the series, by presenting a variety of bands, each of which blends urban and rural Congolese music styles in a slightly different way and adding to the package a 41-minute DVD that shows six of the featured bands perform for local people. Then came the live album “Live at Couleur Café” (nominated for a Grammy in 2008), and Konono's second, official full-length “Assume Crash Position” (2010). Konono N°1 also collaborated with Herbie Hancock for his album “The Imagine Project”, recording a song along with Seal, Pink, India.Arie, Jeff Beck, Oumou Sangare and others. The song earned the Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration" in 2011.

Mingiedi Mawangu stopped touring in 2009 and began to hand over control of Konono N°1 to Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi, who officially became bandleader after his father's death in 2015. Mingiedi has passed away in 2017. After Mingiedi Mawangu and Augustin, the torch of lead likembé player has now been passed to the 3rd generation, to Augustin's son Makonda. Konono N°1 are indestructible, and they have been continuing to work and perform.