The project brings together a group of musicians, performance artists and dancers from Kinshasa with prolific French electronic producer débruit to create a highly-charged and politicised new sound propelled by the hypnotic rhythms of their self-built scrapyard instruments and the urgent vocals of singer Makara Bianco.
Coming off the back of a trail-blazing introductory short We are KOKOKO! which quickly amassed over 2 million views across various platforms, a slew of self-released singles and EPs, and an electrifying live show that has seen them perform to vast crowds at All Points East, Sonar, Roskilde, Way Out West and ADE, they signed to Transgressive Records (Foals, Sophie, Songhoy Blues).
Transgressive released the 5 track EP Liboso in December 2018 and released the band's debut LP Fongola in July 2019, supported by an extensive world tour including headline appearances at London’s Fabric and Berlin’s Berghain.
'A multilayered sound more compelling in its rawness than anything else you'll hear this year' - The Arts Desk
'KOKOKO! excel at turning chaos into euphoria' - Pitchfork
'KOKOKO! is an explosive new musical collective that thrives on ingenuity”' - TIME