KOKOKO! Fongola

Fongola

KOKOKO!

Released on July 5, 2019 by Transgressive

Main artist: KOKOKO!

Genre: Electronic/Dance

Distinctions: Qobuzissime ( July 2019) - 4F de Télérama ( July 2019)

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After two EPs and a breakthrough European tour, this Kinshasa combo now face their biggest challenge yet: a full-length album. KOKOKO! consists of two DIY musicians (with instruments made from cans, typewriters and junkyard scrap), the vocalist Makara Bianco also known as the Lingwara Devil, as well as French producer Xavier Thomas, aka Débruit (author of the mini-hit Nigeria What?) who was immediately attracted by their “experimental side”. He says, “It’s not your stereotypical African music. They want to break with the past and the traditional Congolese rumba. There are no limits, they’re not afraid of anything”.


It’s this freedom and creativity born from constraint that can be heard in Fongola, with its sonic collision of polyrhythms, Western harmonies, guitars and mbiras, jerry cans and a TR-808. The formula is designed for live performances, but it is just as effective here: street samples, a 4/4 techno beat, catchy lyrics and earthshaking base lines all have an entrancing effect. The album was recorded in makeshift studios in Kinshasa and Brussels and was then put together in Anderlecht by Débruit, who describes it as “a giant electronic puzzle with no blueprint and pieces that don’t fit”. He couldn’t have put it any better - by combining so many sounds and letting them clash together, KOKOKO! have achieved a state of permanent chaos. And that’s exactly what makes this project so exciting. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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Album : 1 disk - 11 tracks Total length : 00:43:41

  1. 1 Likolo

    Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Xavier Thomas, Producer, Mixer - KOKOKO!, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records

  2. 2 Azo Toke

    Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Chaba, Composer - Xavier Thomas, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixer - KOKOKO!, Artist, MainArtist - Love Amundala Lokombe, Composer - Julien Makarabianko Matumona Nzaku, Composer, Lyricist - Boms Liteli, Lyricist - Dicap Mayele Ludiata Ange, Composer Copyright : 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records

  3. 3 Buka Dansa

    Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Xavier Thomas, Producer, Mixer - KOKOKO!, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records

  4. 4 Identité

    Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Xavier Thomas, Producer, Mixer - KOKOKO!, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records

  5. 5 Malembe

    Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Xavier Thomas, Producer, Mixer - KOKOKO!, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records

  6. 6 L.O.V.E.

    Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Xavier Thomas, Composer, Producer, Mixer - KOKOKO!, Artist, MainArtist - Love Amundala Lokombe, Composer - Love Lokombe, Lyricist - Rachel Anna Mukundi Mwamba-Nyangombe Bomandeke, Composer, Lyricist - Viko Tengwa Mupasa, Composer Copyright : 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records

  7. 7 Tongos'a

    Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Xavier Thomas, Composer, Producer, Mixer - KOKOKO!, Artist, MainArtist - Dido Oweke Lokato, Composer - Bijoux Losokola Lofanga, Composer - Bomolo Liteli, Composer - Love Amundala Lokombe, Composer - Love Lokombe, Lyricist Copyright : 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records

  8. 8 Zala Mayele

    Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Xavier Thomas, Producer, Mixer - KOKOKO!, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records

  9. 9 Singa

    Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Xavier Thomas, Producer, Mixer - KOKOKO!, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records

  10. 10 Kitoko

    Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Xavier Thomas, Producer, Mixer - KOKOKO!, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records

  11. 11 Tokoliana

    Kobalt Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Xavier Thomas, Composer, Producer, Mixer - KOKOKO!, Artist, MainArtist - Dido Oweke Lokato, Composer - Bijoux Losokola Lofanga, Composer - Bomolo Liteli, Composer - Love Amundala Lokombe, Composer - Love Lokombe, Lyricist Copyright : 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records Ltd. 2019 KOKOKO! under exclusive license to Transgressive Records

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  • After two EPs and a breakthrough European tour, this Kinshasa combo now face their biggest challenge yet: a full-length album. KOKOKO! consists of two DIY musicians (with instruments made from cans, typewriters and junkyard scrap), the vocalist Makara Bianco also known as the Lingwara Devil, as well as French producer Xavier Thomas, aka Débruit (author of the mini-hit Nigeria What?) who was immediately attracted by their “experimental side”. He says, “It’s not your stereotypical African music. They want to break with the past and the traditional Congolese rumba. There are no limits, they’re not afraid of anything”.


    It’s this freedom and creativity born from constraint that can be heard in Fongola, with its sonic collision of polyrhythms, Western harmonies, guitars and mbiras, jerry cans and a TR-808. The formula is designed for live performances, but it is just as effective here: street samples, a 4/4 techno beat, catchy lyrics and earthshaking base lines all have an entrancing effect. The album was recorded in makeshift studios in Kinshasa and Brussels and was then put together in Anderlecht by Débruit, who describes it as “a giant electronic puzzle with no blueprint and pieces that don’t fit”. He couldn’t have put it any better - by combining so many sounds and letting them clash together, KOKOKO! have achieved a state of permanent chaos. And that’s exactly what makes this project so exciting. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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