KOKOROKO are a London-based Afrobeat collective signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings. The eight-piece band comprises of Sheila Maurice-Grey (trumpet), Cassie Kinoshi (saxophone), Richie Seivewright (trombone), Oscar Jerome (guitar), Yohan Kebede (keys), Ayo Salawu (drums) and Onome Edgeworth (percussion).
Inspired by Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen and the rhythms of West Africa, KOKOROKO (meaning ‘be strong’ in Urhobo) have honed their own sound, while honouring the masters that influenced them. Leading with a heavy horn section, their sound has flavours of Afrobeat and UK jazz.
The band’s self-titled EP gives a comprehensive overview of their incredible musicianship and ability to make upbeat, funky tracks, as well as beautifully considered, downtempo compositions. As one of The Guardian’s ‘ones to watch’ it’s only a matter of time before KOKOROKO make it big. Catch them quick before they do!
Concorde 2, Tuesday 4th February 2020
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