The Songye use electric guitars, the Luba don't: the Luba use xylophones and electric thumb pianos
, whereas the Songye don't.
Musicians and volunteers transformed bike wheels, frames and spokes into singing wheels, harps and thumb pianos
as Tour de France fever took over the region.
Part of Africa s musical heritage, thumb pianos
have been used over the ages to celebrate marriages, to entertain when travelling or shepherding flocks and in rituals to invoke ancestral spirits.
Dar Onboz co-founder Sivine Ariss sits to one side, conjuring a mellow soundtrack from thumb pianos
, coconut shells and drums.
Hence Congolese thumb pianos
spice up Horchata, violins sweeten the skanky Diplomat's Son, and poignant I Think Ur A Contra nods lyrically to The Clash.
1, CONGOTRONICS (CRAMMED) Congolese trance music sung through megaphones and played with scrap percussion and thumb pianos
amplified by salvaged auto parts.
The faint buzzing, bell-like thumb pianos
play out a simple pattern behind abstract scraping and dragging sounds.
On White Tara, the gently layered and bell-like tones of high-pitched music boxes blend sweetly with Morton's piano and William Blossom's string bass; on the slightly more astringent title track, the music boxes sound like African thumb pianos
and detuned celestes.
Drawing on traditional Bazombo trance music, it centers on the sounds of multiple likembes (thumb pianos
) distorted by a jerryrigged amplification system and combined with percussive instruments and lyrics chanted through megaphones.
HHHHWorld CD of the week Konono No1 - Congotronics (Crammed Discs Craw 27) pounds 13.99Billy Jenkins would certainly approve of the general philosophy of Konono No 1, a bunch from Kinshasa who weren't about to let the fact that they sing and play mbiras (thumb pianos
) stop them from entering the amplified world.
Jarrett is well versed in the American song tradition but for his solo concerts he starts with a completely blank canvas and creates a pure music as influenced by Chopin and African thumb pianos
as by jazz.