Friday, October 4, 2019
Doors: 6:30 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St, Manhattan
Presented in collaboration with (le) poisson rouge
Standing room with limited unreserved seating
Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 Day of Show
KOKOKO! is a collective of artists from Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are best known for creating a contemporary and unique style of music using instruments constructed by up-cycling cans, engine parts, plastic containers, and other trash found on the city streets. Their new urban sound and political messaging mirror the harsh realities of life in Africa’s third largest city. Their debut at this year’s SXSW was described as “a tribal drum circle inside a futuristic nightclub” by The Austin Chronicle.
The guitar twangs little riffs, voices whoop and sing and shout, a smooth synthesizer bass line comes and goes; the perky central beat is disrupted from left and right, and sudden key changes add a few more swerves. It’s hyperactive and unstoppable...Jon Pareles, NYT
The DIY music scene in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is responsible for some of the most exciting bands of the past 20 years: Konono No. 1 and Mbongwana Star. You can add KOKOKO! to that short list. On Fongola, the five-piece turns discarded objects like bottles, phones and air ducts into musical instruments, then adds house and techno production to create a digital-analogue hybrid sound like no other...NPR
KOKOKO! is an explosive new musical collective that thrives on ingenuity...TIME
Energetic and explosive... inspiring a thriving alternative dance...TED Global
The Counterpoint series focuses on contemporary artists who push the boundaries of what “world music” can mean as the divisions among cultures become less and less prominent in the 21st Century.