Konono No.1, a Congolese band that’s been playing since the 1960’s was founded by Minigiedi Mawangu, one of the first African musicians to amplify the thumb piano known as the likembe. It’s that instrument that gives Konono No. 1 it’s unique sound. Mawangu died earlier this month at the age of 85. Today on Global Notes, Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia gives tells us more about the band’s unique sound and its place among the indie rock world.
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