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. 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. Supported by Pitchfork, TIME, i-D, BBC6, Afropunk and featured at TED’s TEDGlobal 2017 conference, 2018 sees them completing another hectic summer with performances at Roskilde festival, Sonar, Dour, We Love Green, Lente Kabinet and many more. KOKOKO! have now released 4 releases into the public mainstream, before signing exclusively to Transgressive Records with whom they are working on their debut album, due out in 2019.
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