Brought together with the help of local production company La Belle Kinoise, the project melds a group of punk-spirited local musicians with prolific French bass producer débruit. After building a recording studio together out of mattresses, wood and a ping pong table, the collaborators began exploring each other’s ideas, sounds, and cultural influences. What emerges is a radical and urgent style blending self-built instruments and futuristic production that hints at psychedelia, disco, and rugged post-punk.
KOKOKO! is a collective of artists and musicians formed in Ngwaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
'KOKOKO! excel at turning chaos into euphoria' — Pitchfork
Coming off the back of a trail-blazing introductory short We are KOKOKO! which amassed over 2 million views across various platforms, they released their debut EP TOKOLIANA in June 2017. Follow up EP TONGOS’A found the band further exploring themes of survival in the DRC’s current political climate and features raunchy ghetto anthems, tropical bass lines but remains routed in folkloric tradition.
'KOKOKO! is an explosive new musical collective that thrives on ingenuity”' — TIME
Live they perform as an explosive 5 piece ensemble propelled by their customised junk percussion, home-built instruments and vocal mantras. Following a debut European tour in spring 2017, KOKOKO! returned to play 19 dates the following autumn including Amsterdam Dance Event, Milan’s Linecheck Festival, and a residency at the London Jazz Festival.
Europe (except France, Benelux, GAS, Italy)