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Konono No 1 & Batida – Konono No 1 Meets Batida | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on April 8th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .


Words by Max Reinhardt

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The junkyard Afro-gamelan trance beasts return

It’s 12 years now since Congotronics, the debut album of Konono No 1, but their manic roots energy continues  to hurtle along its unstoppable and seductive trajectory. They remain a game changer for Congolese and African music, a supercharged, overdriven, distortion-powered form of future contemporary garage trance, forged out of stomping Congolese rhythms, customised traditional instruments, used car parts and redundant old electronics. Their gigs and their albums are a joy and their riotous collective minimalism never fails to intrigue and lock you into their zone. And now here comes their encounter with Batida (aka Pedro Coquenão), a Portuguese-Angolan producer-DJ. They sweep us up on an ecstatically rough ride to the far horizon, where rhythmic trance meets kuduro-rinsed electronica.

Batida’s records, up to now, have been filled with thrilling gear changes of rhythm and texture and my fear was that he might interrupt the Konono flow. Far from it. Batida has been absorbed into their funky trance template and he adds to the minimalist tension, so you hear all the micro-rhythmic changes even more clearly. There’s Portuguese rapping and a variety of sampled textures that he brings into the mix too. It’s all grist to Konono’s ever-turning mill. This album is a sonic continuum to get lost in, and it’s already approaching the summit of my albums of the year list.

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Top of the World May 2016: The best new releases

Posted on April 1st, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the May (#117) issue.

Konono No 1 & Batida
Konono No 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs)

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Five years since their last album, the innovative Grammy-winning group Konono No 1 are back and are joined by Portuguese-Angolan DJ Batida on this hypnotising collaborative effort.

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Snowboy & The Latin Section
New York Afternoon (Snowboy Records)


With an illustrious discography going back to the late 80s, conguero Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove and his group release their first album on his eponymous label.

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Astar (Breabach Records)

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Scottish group Breabach return with a new album packed full of global musical influences from their travels. A mix of original compositions and covers, Astar exhibits a new, exciting direction.

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La Yegros
Magnetismo (Soundway Records)

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Argentinian nu cumbia singer La Yegros is accompanied by some noteworthy guests on her commanding and rhythmical sophomore album.

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Michael Messer’s Mitra
Call of the Blues (Knife Edge Records)

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Michael Messer’s Mitra transform Mississippi blues songs with Hindustani sensitivities for a delightful project that was mostly recorded live.

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Kris Drever
If Wishes Were Horses (Reveal Records)


A solo album from Lau’s Kris Drever, this showcases what may be Drever’s best work yet, with insightful lyrics penned against a backdrop of warm instrumentation.

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Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin
Poyln: A Gilgul (Golden Horn Records)


Traditional Polish and Jewish music are brought together and masterfully executed on a memorable album by Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin.

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Group Ekanzam
Every Song Has its End: Sonic Dispatches from Traditional Mali (Glitterbeat)

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The diverse nature of Malian traditional music is showcased across 12 tracks gathered by Bamako-based producer Paul Richard Chandler.



Lakou Mizik
Wa Di Yo (Cumbancha)


Lakou Mizik’s debut is a passionate tribute to the people and culture of Haiti. Formed in the aftermath of the country’s 2010 earthquake, the collective deliver a project of celebration and hope.

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Full Attack Band
1001 (Full Attack Band)


Argentinian saxophonist Alejandro Toledo leads a new life in a new band, one that showcases a firm strength, fervour and clear experience in their musical arrangements.

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Celtic Connections Round 2

Posted on January 17th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Following on from yesterday’s blog, here are some more Celtic Connections recommendations for the latter half of the festival.

The Angolan-Portuguese DJ Pedro Coquenão, aka Batida (pictured left, photo by Manuel Lino), released his debut album on the hip Soundway label (a Top of the World in #84) and he’ll be supporting French Gypsy-swingers Caravan Palace (January 24, O2 ABC).

The premiere of a sea-themed collaboration, Dán, by some top-notch Celtic and Breton musicians including band members from Kan and Guidewires and Gaelic singer Alyth McCormack (January 24, Old Fruitmarket).

Burns Night sees a specially-commissioned evening of music, courtesy of Scots Trad Music Award-winners Breabach and Kathleen MacInnes, together with Blazin’ Fiddles and Dougie MacLean (January 25, Concert Hall).

If anyone has mastered the art of cloning, it’ll come in very handy for the night of January 26 when there are no less than 13 artists who I’d go and see without any hesitation. They include: Sarah Jarosz, Baloji, Katy Carr, The Be Good Tanyas, The Halton Quartet, Mike McGoldrick’s band and Duncan Chisholm (whose latest release Affric was one of my favourite albums of 2012) (Various venues).

Last issue’s cover star Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni ba team up with fellow Malians Sidi Touré and Tamikrest for Sahara Soul (January 27, Concert Hall).

The Radio 2 Folk Awards will be broadcast live from Glasgow for the first time, hosted by Julie Fowlis and Mark Radcliffe, plus performances by some of the winners (January 30, Concert Hall).

Songlines faves Anda Union are bound to go down a treat in Glasgow. They’re on the same billing as the equally impressive Frigg who have a Top of the World review in the next issue, #90 (January 30, Old Fruitmarket).

The highly-acclaimed Scottish singer Karine Polwart and US stars Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer (also with a Top of the World in #90) (February 2, City Halls).

The final day sees singer-songwriter and guitarist Sorren Maclean from Mull take part in the New Voices initiative that showcases new talent (February 3, Mitchell Theatre).

On top of all that, there are workshops galore, an open stage and a late-night festival club – so many reasons why I wouldn’t want to be heading anywhere else this month. Now, how quickly can I get myself up to Glasgow…

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Upcoming WOMAD Charlton Park 2012 Performances

Posted on July 25th, 2012 in Recent posts by .

With a line-up that includes the likes of Hugh Masekela, Femi Kuti, Jimmy Cliff, Carlou D and DubFX, there’s certainly no shortage of awe-inspiring music at WOMAD Charlton Park 2012. That said, here are just a few of the acts that the Songlines team are really looking forward to seeing.


Soul Rebels performing Thursday
Who doesn’t love a good brass band? Especially one that plays a cover of ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’.


Narasirato performing Friday
This group from the Solomon Islands, featured in issue #83 (April/May 2012), know how to rock the panpipes.


Nazaket Teymurova performing Friday
A Top of the World in issue #85 (July 2012), the Teymurova is one of the leading singers of Azeri mugham.


Seth Lakeman performing Friday
Recently featured in issue #83 (April/May 2012), the folk star will give us a history lesson from the barrel house.


Raghu Dixit performing Saturday
It seems like the Songlines favourite from India has played at nearly every UK festival these past few years, but there is a good reason why. 


Batida performing Saturday
The Lisbon-based DJ is sure to make the crowd dance this weekend after his debut album received a Top of the World in issue #84 (June 2012).


The Alaev Family performing Sunday
The Central Asian Jewish band, featured in the current issue, make their UK debut this weekend.


Dizraeli and the Small Gods performing Sunday
The folk/hip-hop groovers made a giant splash at Larmer Tree Festival and are sure to get WOMAD boogying too.


Be sure to stay connected throughout the weekend for tweeting and blogging aplenty from site and for those of you who are lucky enough to attend this year’s festival, stop by the Songlines stand to say hello. 



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