Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi, of Konono Nº1, R.I.P.

By Fred Mills

Groundbreaking band from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Konono Nº1, of Congotronics fame, has lost its second bandleader in less than three years, The Quietus reports. In 2015 Mingiedi Mawangu passed away, so his son, Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi, assumed the reins of the eclectic, experimental group. Then this week they posted the sad news that the Mingiedi had died on October 16 at the age of 85, due to a lengthy illness:

“Konono Nº1’s proud and brave leader Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi has passed away yesterday. He’d been ill for several months. We are devastated.

“But Konono N°1 are indestructible, and we’ve been continuing to work and perform. After Mingiedi and Augustin, the torch of lead likembe player has now been passed to the third generation, to Augustin’s son Makonda, who is fronting the band with original singer Menga Waku.”

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