Watch the Dark, Mesmerizing New Video from Kasai Allstars

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.29.14 in News

The last time we heard from Kinshasa-based group Kasai Allstars was their 2008 debut, the awesomely-titled In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic. That album was released as a part of Crammed Disc’s Congotronics series, which began with the debut from Konono No. 1 and which was designed to showcase African “tradi-moderne” bands — bands that blended traditional African instrumentation with more modern electronic elements.

The series went quiet after that album, but it returns on June 24 with the second album from Kasai Allstars, Beware the Fetish. A sprawling, double-disc, 100-minute set, Fetish delves into darker subject matter and showcases the band’s strange, hypnotic sound. You can get a feel for both the mood and sound of the new material in the video for lead single “The Chief’s Enthronement.” In it, a woman runs a flaming torch across her arm but does not get burned, dancers gyrate in a backyard in the dead of night and xylophones and thumb pianos ripple and pop. It’s a welcome return to Congotronics’ dense, dizzying sound.

Kasai Allstars, 'The Chief's Enthronement'

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