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Konono No. 1 is my favorite modern Congolese amplified junkyard band. They create musical instruments from industrial castoffs — car parts and the like — hook it up to jerry-rigged speakers, and rock out. Their new album, Assume Crash Position, has a song entitled “Fula Fula” — like the famous Basenji of yore, Fula of the Congo. In the liner notes, I learned it means very fast.

Fula fula

Look — I caught her smiling!

It wouldn’t surprise me if Bowpi’s internal soundtrack sounds something like this:

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