Alienating & hypnotising guitar trance music from Congo
People who know the Congotronics-series of Crammed Discs from Belgium surely know bands like Konono N°1 and Kasai All Stars. This last group is actually a collective of bands from Kasai, a region in central Congo. One of the 5 bands who joined forces to form the the Kasai All Stars is Basokin. Basokin means ‘the Basongye from Kinshasa’, and are originally from the Songye region, at the eastern fringe of Kasai. Their only track as Basokin to come out on Crammed so far is Mulume, included in the Congotronics 2 album (“Buzz’n’Rumble In The Urb’n’Jungle”), and described as follows in US online magazine Pop Matters: “Basokin is the sound of distortion zombies coming down the road to kill us all. It’s relentless… wonderful…”. No wonder, as Basokin combines buzzing percussion, hypnotising guitars and distorted sounds. Together with the sometimes weirdly dressed dancers Basokin creates a raw and trance-like performance.