Ene 11

Artist: Various Artists
Title: Congotronics 2 (Buzz’n’Rumble From The Urb’n’Jungle)
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Crammed Discs
Genre: Electronic, Tribal, African
Quality: FLAC (tracks, .cue, .log, Covers)
Total Time: 1:03:07
Total Size: 442 MB


The second disc in the Crammed label’s Congotronics series improves on the first one in two ways: first, by presenting a variety of bands, each of which blends urban and rural Congolese music styles in a slightly different way; and second, by adding to the package a 41-minute DVD that shows six of the featured bands during their recording sessions. Many of the groups featured here make use of the same drenchingly overamplified likembés (or thumb pianos) that are favored by Konono No. 1, but instrumentations vary: Basokin, an ensemble that hails from the Songye region of Congo, is comprised of three singers, three percussionists, and two guitarists; Bolia We Ndenge is a percussion-heavy group, but its sound is centered on the accordion; Masanki Sankayi is led by a preacher and storyteller. As with the first Congotronics album, this one is difficult to describe to anyone who hasn’t heard the music firsthand. Sometimes the guitars spin out contrapuntal lines that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Ghanaian high-life song; at other times they chomp out power chords in a very un-African style. The likembés are overamplified as a matter of course, and the resulting distorted sound is strangely spongy and soft. But the vocals are the most impressive aspect of most of these recordings — four- and five-part harmonies ebb and flow like gentle waves among the rocks of the percussion and guitar parts, and at times are hair-raisingly beautiful. The footage of the recording sessions is a must-see. Highly recommended.

01. Masanka Sankayi + Kasai Allstars feat. Mutumilayi – Wa Muluendu
02. Kasai Allstars feat. Tandjojo – Koyile – Nyeka Nyeka
03. Sobanza Mimanisa – Kiwembo
04. Kasai Allstars feat. Muambuyi – Kabuangoyi
05. Kisanzi Congo – Soif Conjugale
06. Masanka Sankayi feat. Kabongo Tshisensa – Le laboureur
07. Bolia We Ndenge – Bosamba Ndeke
08. Basokin feat. Mi Amor – Mulume
09. Konono No.1 – T.P. Couleur Cafe
from israbox_2006-Congotronics-2-FLAC.RAR





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