Konono No. 1 bandleader Augustin Mingiedi dead at 56

Konono No. 1 bandleader Augustin Mingiedi has died at the age of 56.
Augustin died on Monday (16Oct17) following a battle with an undisclosed illness.
“Konono No.1’s proud and brave leader Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi has passed away yesterday,” a message on the band’s website read on Tuesday (17Oct17). “He’d been ill for several months. We are devastated.”
Augustin took over as leader of the band following his father Mingiedi Mawangu’s death in 2015. Mawangu founded Konono No.1 while he was a truck driver in the mid-1960s and recruited local musicians to create an electrified sound of the dance music native to the Congo.
It took the band four decades to find international acclaim following the release of the Congotronics album in 2005. In 2007, the group was chosen to open for Bjork and collaborated with Herbie Hancock on his 2010 interpretation of John Lennon’s Imagine, which won Mawangu a shared Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.
Mawangu began to hand over the reigns to Augustin in 2009 after he stopped touring. In 2016, Augustin partnered with Portuguese dance producer Batida for the album Konono N°1 Meets Batida.
Augustin’s son Makonda will now lead the group with original singer Menga Waku.