Be­ware the Fetish Crammed ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - NIGEL WOOD

Con­gotron­ics is, to these ears, some of the most in­trigu­ing and ex­cit­ing mu­sic on the planet. “Not for the faint-hearted” says the sleeve of Be­ware the Fetish. This two-CD set is the fifth in a se­ries and the sec­ond from Ka­sai All­stars, a Kin­shasa col­lec­tive drawn from five dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups. The mu­sic is es­sen­tially tra­di­tional – a chat­ter of voices, xy­lo­phones, slit-drums and buzzy per­cus­sion, but aug­mented with elec­tric gui­tar and am­pli­fied thumb-pianos. The themes are tribal wis­dom, so­cial ad­vice, magic and sor­cery. The re­mark­able min­gling of tra­di­tion with hy­per­ac­tive am­pli­fied moder­nity cre­ates a warp­ing of space and time which may, when played loud, al­ter your re­al­ity and com­pel you to dance! Let yourself go and these mes­meric, ev­er­shift­ing lay­ers of rhythm, urged on with shouts and chants, will will work its spell. crammed.be Down­load: Yangye, The Evil Leop­ard

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