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Alain Nkossi Konda & friends
“Up close & Intimate”
1- Alain Nkossi Konda (Rhythm guitar & vocals)
2- Jim Savitt (Lead guitar)
3- Ted Cruz (Piano & keys)
4- Aaron Comess (Drums) from SPIN DOCTORS
5- Damon Banks (Bass) w Peter GABRIEL, George BENSON, Angelique KIDJO
6- Neil Clarke (Percussions) w Harry BELAFONTE
Born in the capital of the DR of Congo (Kinshasa), Nkossi is a heavily engaged “Goodwill Ambassador” for the Munich based Water Foundation; he has won multiple International Song writing awards including most recently a Silver medal from the Academic Society of Arts, Sciences & Letters in Paris, France for his commitment to the promotion of African Arts & Culture.
Nkossi is well aware of the power of music and his desire to communicate through it transcends borders. He belongs to this group of artists who understood that music is the most wonderful way to convey ideas, feelings and passions. Music overwhelms him, devours him to the point where he manages to dominate it, shape it and extrapolate it in such a way that we can perceive it as a universal language.
This is a language that he likes to share and which he transcends during his live performances. He is one of these artists we call „amazing performer“. During his stage acts we immerse into his musical world and can’t help to let ourselves be carried away by the crazy swirl of his innovative style. The least that can be said is it lifts and stirs you up while keeping a great musical quality all throughout the whole experience.
On his current album recorded between New York, Munich, Immenstadt, Sevilla and Copenhagen, Alain Nkossi Konda literally fuses and revisits with much energy and emotions the different Ghosts of musical styles. His thick velvety yet gentle vocal timbre glides through on warm bed of sound tracks which is supported by incomparable musicianship that organically fuses Rumba, African folk,Jazz, Soukous, Reggae & even Rock to reveal refreshing grooves sung mainly in his native Lingala tongue (Language from the DR of Congo), all cleverly intertwined occasionally with his adoptive Languages of English & French. The recipe for this “Culture pop” as Nkossi and his partners call it, is the organic fusion of three Cultures, one Spirit and one voice.
Nkossi pays homage to Harry Belafonte with an original Lingala & English remake of Jamaica farewell which was made famous worldwide in the mid 1950’s by the legendary songwriter, performer & activist. Nkossi was the first signing by Mr. Belafonte in early 2001 when he created a joint venture label (Niger Records/ Palm Pictures) with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.
Fololo fire is a joint venture collaboration between Afrikool Music Productions & the Orlando, Florida based Goin’ Native Records label.
Currently Alain has a new Benefiz single called “New Dawn in Africa”. All revenues of the song wil be spend to children in South Africa. The song can be downloaded at www.cdbaby.cim/cd/NkossiKondafriends. As well he designed some T-Shirts which are amongst others sponsored by the french football player Nicolas Anelka and are also a part of his benefiz activities. The revenues of these shirts will also be spend to children in South Africa.