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Albums Of The Week: Congotronics International | Where’s The One?

The border-crossing, genre-crossing musical collective make a most groovy noise.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The creation of a supergroup featuring members of  Konono No.1, Kasai Allstars, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, and Skeletons Matthew Mehlan, this epic collaborative album gathers 19 musicians from across four continents, working together to create a new musical language that combines the traditional music of Congolese artists with the experimental rock styles of their admirers in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

Its 21 songs consist of live concert recordings and studio tracks produced in the years before, during, and after their Congotronics vs. Rockers tour in 2011. The tour brought these acts together for the first time — all in all, 10 lead vocalists, five guitarists, three likembe players, five percussionists, two bass players (including Crammed DiscsVincent Kenis), and three drummers — for performances at 16 major festivals and venues in 10 countries. The recording process continued remotely on and off in the years that followed until it was finalized in 2021 by Deerhoof’s John Dieterich and Greg Saunier and Crammed DiscsMarc Hollander.”