Hailing from the Congo capital of Kinshasa, KOKOKO! are known for using homemade electronic instruments that they’ve upcycled from metal, cans, engine parts and plastic containers. (If you dig Konono Nº1, they are in the same general territory, sound-wise, but more overtly electronic.) The group, which also includes producer débruit, Makara Bianko (aka the Lingwala devil) and his dancers, will release their debut album, Fongola, on July 5, and you can listen to a few songs from it below.
KOKOKO! just kicked off their 2019 tour at London’s All Point East, and their dates include UK/EU festival stops like End of the Road and Green Man, and they’ll be in North America starting in September, with stop including Pop Montreal and a NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 4th!
KOKOKO! – 2019 TOUR DATES
20 Sep – Cedar Cultural Centre, Minneapolis
24 Sep – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto
25 Sep – Pop Montreal, Montreal
27 Sep – Deluxx Fluxx, Detroit
28 Sep – Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, Bloomington
2 Oct – Rock N Roll Hotel, Washington DC
3 Oct – Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia
4 Oct – Le Poisson Rouge, New York City
5 Oct – BU Global Music Festival, Boston
8 Oct – The Echo, Los Angeles
9 Oct – New Parish, Oakland
11 Oct – Jack London, Portland
12 Oct – Barboza, Seattle