Announce Autumn 2017 Tour
Amsterdam, London, Paris, Berlin shows
KOKOKO! is an explosive new band with an alternative sound crafted in Kinshasa, DRC, made up of local artists, instrument inventors and prolific French producer débruit. The project came about when production company La Belle Kinoise (Staff Benda Bilili, Jupiter’s Dance), invited débruit to Kinshasa for a month-long residency in 2016 to collaborate with the innovative artists they were documenting across the emerging contemporary art scene.
After building a recording studio together out of mattresses, wood they could find and the rest of a broken ping pong table, the Congolese musicians and the itinerant Breton producer began exploring each other’s ideas, sounds, and cultural influences. By the end of a month of working intensely in their new studio, exploring Kinshasa by night, and sleeping whenever there was a spare moment, they had the bones of a debut album and KOKOKO! was born.
Since the launch of their three-minute introductory video – which was supported by TIME, i-D and Telekom Electronic Beats – KOKOKO! have gone viral, amassing 2 million views across various platforms. Their sold-out debut European tour in June captured the imagination of many, with over 800 attending their second ever show in Brussels, and 200 outside unable to get in to watch them play.
KOKOKO!’s debut two-track EP, Tokoliana/L.O.V.E., held an infectious blend of psychedelic post-punk, finding favour from Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, Bandcamp Daily, BBC Radio 1, as well as being featured in Spotify’s premiere tastemaker playlist, Fresh Finds.
Now KOKOKO! will bring their electrifying live show across Europe throughout October and November, playing across France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy, as well as a residency at the 25th anniversary of the London Jazz Festival.
21/10/17, NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, ADE Festival
22/10/17, FRANCE, Paris, New Morning (Club) in Worldstock festival,
26/10/17, SWITZERLAND, Genève, Club La Graviere
27/10/17, FRANCE, Strasbourg, Django Reinhardt Club
03/11/17, SWITZERLAND, Düdingen, Club
04/11/17, FRANCE, Lyon, Club
08/11/17, FRANCE, Angers, Club Chabada
09/11/17, FRANCE, Rennes, Club Antipode
10/11/17, FRANCE, Le Mans, Club Les Saulnieres
11/11/17, FRANCE, Lorient, Festival Les Indisciplinees
12/11/17, UK, London, London Jazz Festival
13/11/17, UK, London, London Jazz Festival
17/11/17, SWITZERLAND, Zürich, Alors Festival
18/11/17, FRANCE, Metz, Festival
20/11/17, GER, Hamburg, Club Uebel & Gefarlich
21/11/17, GER, Berlin, Club Gretchen
22/11/17, FRANCE, Amiens, Club Lune Des Pirates
24/11/17, ITALY, Milan, Festival Linecheck
25/11/17, FRANCE, Paris, Festival Chorus