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Congotronics vs Rockers, Barbican

Congotronics vs Rockers, Barbican

A 19-piece multicultural band inject new life into the Congotronics brand

Congotronics vs Rockers rocked, rolled and buzzed

Several of my favourite tracks of 2010 were on Tradi-Mods vs Rockers. This was a musically audacious project in which a bunch of Western pop and rock musicians dared to unpick the intricate fabric of some Congolese bands who were already making some definitively funky music of their own. The question that arose while I was reacquainting myself with this double CD yesterday, was how were these mostly cut'n'paste studio confections - made in the absence of the musicians that inspired them - going to be recreated live with the involvement of those very same musicians?


It wasnt just you. And deerhoof's drummer has to be the least sensitive musician on the planet, continuously bashing out the snare pattern from simply red's 'fairground' in the most boorish, funkless manner possible.

Disagree, that guy's drumming is brilliant both for Deerhoof and C vs R. Simply Red plundered that beat from jungle anyway.

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