Library Rock's Backpages

Konono No 1: Congotronics

Rob Young, The Wire, March 2005

IN AFRICA, corrupt and irresponsible governance has led some of the continent's most prominent modern musicians to cast themselves as surrogate leader figures — think of Fela Kuti and his republic of Kalakuta, "King" Sunny Ade, the priestly chieftainship of Youssou N'Dour.

Total word count of piece: 763


Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.