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KOKOKO!

The Echo & 89.9 KCRW Presents KOKOKO!
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KOKOKO! appearing at THE ECHO in LOS ANGELES

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KOKOKO!

A wind of change is blowing over the cultural landscape of Kinshasa.

An amazing alternative scene is thriving far for the occidental fantasies of "world music.".. It is explosive and vibrant.

These sounds are emanating from the ghetto and downtown clubs of the Congolese capital in between the government-imposed power cuts. The artists actually bring something alive in the chaos of the 3rd biggest african city. They have strong new ideas with DIY constructed instruments and a powerful and unique drive. This movement is more expressive, lively, spontaneous and direct compared to most big cities' scenes, like London, Berlin etc... It's raw, free and open creatively more like NYC in the '70s and '80s or Berlin in the '90s if it has to be compared to artistic movements. It's inventing everything from nothing and it's happening now and you can experience it through the recordings, the videos and KOKOKO! 's incredible live shows.

The band was born in Kinshasa when Makara Bianko, débruit and a group of musicians from the Ngwaka neighbourhood met. They rehearsed and recorded together in a self made studio made of material gathered around. After one month of playing and creating new sounds they improvised a block party on a building site of the Kato street ghetto, that would be the 1st performance of KOKOKO! And will define the collective that also includes art performers and dancers.

Supported by Pitchfork , TIME , i-D, BBC6 , Afropunk andfeaturedatTED's TEDGlobal2017 conference or Resident Advisor's live videos , KOKOKO! is the DIY collective pioneering an inspiring alternative scene from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their introductory video amassed over 2 million views across various platforms, and their hypnotic debut EP, TOKOLIANA, found favour in Resident Advisor , Bandcamp Daily , and BBC Radio 1.

KOKOKO!'s have now released 5 tracks into the public mainstream an dhave collaborated with other African artists on remixes and music. Now signed to Transgressive Records they are workign towards their debut album, due out in Q2 2019.

KOKOKO! LIVE

After their first sold-out European tour in spring -- which saw over 800 attending their second ever show in Brussels -- KOKOKO! Took their electrifying live show across 19 dates in Europe last autumn. Throughout October and November, they played the likes of Amsterdam Dance Event, Milan's Linecheck Festival, and headlined their own residency at the 25th London Jazz Festival.

2018 sees them preparing for another hectic summer with performances at Roskilde festival, Sonar, Dour, We Love Green, Lente Kabinet, Down The Rabbit Hole and many more, with a very special night in London yet to be announced.

KOKOKO! is the soundtrack of Kinshasa's tomorrow.

KOKOKO! is composed of:

Recording, producing and artistic direction comes from prolific producer débruit , known and respected for his space/time bending work, fusing synthetic music through collaboration with African, Arabic and turkish sounds / musicians. He helped craft the raw energy and abundance of ideas which come alive from a production and live performance spectacle.

The project involves a group of musicians from the Ngwaka neighbourhood , a quite psychedelic

electronic formation playing repetitive patterns crafted on self designed string instruments and other percussive inventions made from recycled scrap material. Makara Bianko , the young energetic singer creating a brutal hybrid of "coupé décalé" with a punk attitude he calls "Zagué" from the Lingwala neighbourhood where he plays 6 nights a week with his dancers.

"KOKOKO! excel at turning chaos into euphoria" - Pitchfork

"Energetic and explosive... inspiring a thriving alternative dance" - TED Global

"KOKOKO! is an explosive new musical collective that thrives on ingenuity" - TIME

"Get to know the soundtrack of Kinshasa's tomorrow, a powerful protest project... KOKOKO!" - i-D

"This is more than survival. This is genius" - AFROPUNK

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POW!

POW! emerges from the tech-waste of the shiny/shitty new San Francisco - deep 80’s synth bass percolating under the circuit-swamp-fried-egg guitar…the drums a teenage tiger’s heartbeat and vocals delivered like a dead-pan face-slap from a kid half your age.

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Wargirl

Whilst nearby Los Angeles is where dreams are shattered, in Long Beach people are getting on with their lives. It’s got a strong working class community and is known for its ethnic diversity – even delights in it. Add to that the sunshine and the almost nice beach. “Really,” Matt Wignall says, “Long Beach is kind of the opposite of LA, it’s a very real place where you can actually become a part of the creative community” Wignall has been there his whole life, it’s where he runs a studio and seeks out old equipment to repair. He prides himself in making it sound better than it ever did before. He produces bands, such as Cold War Kids. With them, Wignall has recorded tracks such as “Hang Me Out to Dry” and “Hospital Beds” with a sound that is to die for. Also there’s Mando Diao, whose album “GiveMeFire!” he co-produced, engineered and even created the artwork for. So the interesting question is: Why does a musician who has such an understanding of sound and such awesome equipment not have his own band?

And now he has got one: WARGIRL. After brilliant first gigs, including an appearance at Germany's Clouds Hill Festival, and the release of debut their fantastic debut EP “Arbolita”, Clouds Hill out of Hamburg (Omar Rodriguez, Pete Doherty) is now releasing the band's first album, eponymously named WARGIRL.

“The idea of being in some band where there’s four guys playing and one of them singing lead just seemed incredibly boring to me,” Wignall says. What he wanted was an awesome collective that would do justice to the sound of his hometown. The Sound of Long Beach, that means Santana’s early records, afrobeat recordings by Fela Kuti, the psychedelic masterpiece “Forever Changes” by Love, the 70s psych funk masters War (who happen to also be from Long Beach!), as well as reggae, disco, garage rock and post-punk. “One day the thought occurred to me that really what I should do was to get to know people and set up a band with them that would combine all of these aspects.” So he went out, into town, down to the beach – and realised: Actually, I already know all of these people, I just need to ask them.

The singer is Samantha Parks. She is the daughter of James Lafayette Parks, the leader of the 70s funk band Bull & The Matadors, but above all she is a gifted vocalist who manages both to sing sensually and to drive the sound forwards. Tamara Raye plays bass in a way that is unusually demanding and that grooves like Tina Weymouth’s (of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club). Enya Preston plays the keyboards. There are also, very importantly, two percussionists:

Erick Diego Nieto and Jeff Suri blend disco with funk, latin with afro, pop with rock – but always to the point, never just to show off. Matt Wignall plays guitar, “not at all as a lead instrument but as an additional driver.”

This team recorded the tracks on WARGIRL live apart from a very few overdubs. “We sit around in a circle, without headphones, look each other in the eyes and try to feel the music,” Wignall explains. They play for the moment, not for the recording. And that is exactly what makes their music special. Some of the tracks were recorded in Costa Rica, with Mats Björke of Mando Diao present and helping. On location was also a horn section made up entirely of women musicians. “I like the feminine touch in our music,” Wignall says. The basis of the songs is usually the beat: sometimes it sounds like post-punk disco as in the single “Poison”; sometimes as in “How You Feel” it’s like Phil Spector in a California funk club. In “Last Time” the rhythm has a mysterious and tropical vibe whilst “Voice Of The Mountain” is in a wonderful way both African American and Latin American, which, although they are not mutually exclusive, is quite a feat to pull off. “Our thinking is completely without borders,” Wignall states. The role model is records like The Clash’s album “Sandinista!”: The real legacy of punk is not the image and slogans but the certainty that you can play whatever you want.

“No matter whether you see us or hear us, we always come across as a diverse bunch: ethnically as well as in terms of gender and preferences. However, whilst this may be considered colourful elsewhere, in Long Beach it is totally normal,” Matt Wignall points out. “Nobody else sounds like us, and yet we sound like the environment we come from.” WARGIRL is thus also an appeal for diversity and openness, for identity within heterogeneity. It is therefore an album the world today sorely needs. Because diverse doesn’t just look better – it also sounds better.

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