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  • blog October 19, 2017

    Konono No. 1’s Frontman Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi Has Died

    The Congolese band Konono No. 1 has announced the death of their frontman, Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi, due to complications from diabetes. The 56-year-old had taken over lead likembe duties for his father, Mingiedi Mawangu, who founded and led the band … Read more »

  • interview July 1, 2016

    SummerStage’s Artistic Director Erika Elliott Previews 2016 Free Concerts

    Afropop’s Sean Barlow sat down recently with Erika Elliott, the artistic director of SummerStage in New York City. She is responsible for curating and presenting artists at SummerStage’s main Central Park stage, as well as several other free outdoor venues … Read more »

  • interview April 15, 2016

    Vincent Kenis Interviewed: Konono No. 1 Meets Batida

    We’ve been following the excellent tradi-modern Congolese group Konono No. 1. since their debut record in 2004 on Crammed Discs. Vincent Kenis is a Belgian producer who brought this excellent group to international attention to Konono No. 1 and the … Read more »

  • blog March 31, 2016

    Exclusive! New Track by Konono No. 1

    Fans of electrified lamellophones rejoice: Konono No. 1 has another album coming out and you can hear a track from it right now. The track is called “Tokolanda” and if it’s any indication, the Congolese group’s next album, Konono No.1 … Read more »

  • blog December 30, 2013

    globalFEST Lineup Highlights

    Now that the lineup has been officially posted (check it all out here), it’s time to take a look at what’s happening at 2014’s globalFEST. There is a whole lot to look forward to at the annual world music festival, … Read more »

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