Grammy award-winning Congolese band, Konono Nº1 has teamed up with Angolan-born, Portugese-based producer, Batida blending the worlds of electronic beats and organic grooves to create this exciting strain of Afro-electro music. he release is part of Crammed Discs' acclaimed Congotronics series, which is devoted to the strange and spectacular electro-traditional mixtures which are being concocted in the suburbs of Kinshasa, Democtratic Rebublic of Congo. The artists came together at the invitation of Crammed Discs founder, Marc Hollander, when he challenged the producer to make an album with the Congolese band. Despite a number of obstacles from different languages, working habits and references, the artists successfully blend the worlds of electronic beats and organic grooves to create this exciting strain of Afro-electro music.
The album was produced by both Batida and Vincent Kenis, the originator and producer of Crammed’s Congotronics series, devoted to exciting electro/traditional musical hybrids from the Congo. He "rediscovered" Konono N°1 in the early 2000s and produced all of their albums since. Batida is an Angolan-born and Lisbon-raised, radio, documentary and music producer. His first two albums on UK label, Soundway Records, garnered much praise from the media and artists like Stromae, who invited Batida to open for him on his tour and Damon Albarn, who invited him to remix a track and take part in the Africa Express project. The album was recorded in Batida’s garage-cum-studio in Lisbon with a series of collaborators and friends of Batida’s, reflecting upon the city’s vibrant, cosmopolitan music life: guitarist Papa Juju (the leader of Lisbon’s foremost Afro-fusion band, Terracotta), vocalist Selma Uamusse (one of the best young African singers currently residing in Portugal) and MC AF Diaphra, a distinguished slam poet and an artist/producer in his own right.