A one-stringed guitar, a cross-shaped harp, a typewriter drum machine, a car cassette ghetto box, bottles of water: not your average band instruments, but then, KOKOKO! are not your average band. The Congolese collaborative have put Kinshasa on the dance map with their spirit of protest and optimism. You’ll hear raw, rolling punk, heavy grooves, tribal beats and chants, psychedelia, an Arabic twist, even the influence of Tupac and Biggie. KOKOKO! call their sound ‘tekno kintueni’ or ‘zagué’, and it owes its explosive vibrancy to the sounds of Kinshasa – from street sellers to tomato cans – and street rehearsals that turn into joyous block parties.
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo