Berlin, Germany – The Congolese group Konono N°1 did not obtain their visas for touring in Europe this summer. The reason given was: "Sorry, no time" even though all necessary documents had been handed in a long time before.
Flights, accommodation, insurance have been paid for already. Festival promoters throughout Europe have to find last minute alternatives.Michel Winter, Divano Production, is Konono N°1‘s agent for Europe.He has experienced the same story before with another Congolese band: Kasai Allstars. They were selected to perform at WOMEX 06 but had to cancel due to visa problems. In 2007 they got visas and eventually did their WOMEX showcase.
More about the group at Konono N°1.