The eclectic record label of Marc Hollander had already brought out a Congotronics series with ‘tradi-modern’ Congolese bands with an urban sound. In 2010, that led to the double album Congotronics vs Rockers, with 26 songs on which Western bands set about making music with these contemporary African sounds.
Because the sale of CDs barely earns any money, the label also decided to try organising live concerts. A session band with the same name as the double album was put together. This included 19 musicians who had never played together before: Konono No. 1 & Kasai All Stars, Deerhoof, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Juana Molina and Skeletons. This fusion of six bands and just as many cultures brought the necessary headaches (visas, transport, rehearsals, etc.), but the documentary focuses exclusively on the musical interaction, which takes us on tour from Brussels via Metz, Paris and London to the Japanese Fuji Rock Festival.

Filmmaker
Pierre Laffargue
Premiere
World premiere
Country
France, Belgium
Year
2013
Medium
BluRay
Length
100’
Language
Lingala, English, French
Producer
Pierre Laffargue
Production Company
Le Spectre
Sales
Le Spectre
Writer
Pierre Laffargue
Cinematography
Jean-Paul Vallorani
Editor
Pierre Laffargue
Sound Design
Jean-Luc Audy
Cast
Deerhoof