Kinshasa collective KOKOKO! released their brilliant debut album, Fongola, last year to critical acclaim, garnering support from the likes of NPR, The Guardian, Mixmag, Mojo, Dazed and i-D Magazine. Additionally, while in the US they filmed an NPR Tiny Desk Session.
Today they share the music video for “Zala Mayele.”
The band says, “Zala Mayele’s lyrics are about the dangers in Kinshasa’s street (thieves, sorcerers, gangs and more) and the importance of distinguishing what is what, what is hidden under what shape, in disguise around the corner, in the shadow.
We follow Issa, as he wanders the streets on his own, threatened by the possible dangers blinding him, dangers that, little by little, he will be able to notice and take control of with a trip on the other side of the mirrors.”
In addition, the collective announces a run of UK dates and festivals and you can catch their energetic show at one of the dates below.
KOKOKO! TOUR DATES
5/7/2020 – Berlin, Germany @ Xjazz festival | 5/8/2020 – Leuven, Belgium @ And& Fest | 5/14/2020 – Brighton, UK @ Great Escape | 5/15/2020 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club | 5/16/2020 – London, UK @Earth | 5/20/2020 – Pisa, Italy @ Cinema Lumiere | 5/21/2020 – Bologna, Italy @ Locomotiv | 5/22/2020 – Milano, Italy @Santeria Toscano 31 | 5/23/2020 – Trento, Italy @ Teatro Sanbapolis | 5/30/2020 – Amsterdam, NL @ Lentekabinet | 6/5/2020 – Stockholm, Sweden @Fashing | 6/6/2020 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Clandestino Festival | 6/13/2020 – Athens, Greece @ Plissken Festival | 6/19/2020 – Lucerne, Switzerland @ B-Sides | 6/23/2020 – Malmo, Sweden @ Sommarscen | 7/4/2020 – Mas D’Azil, France @ Festival Kokopelli | 7/9/2020 – Paris, France @ La Plage De Glazart | 7/10/2020 – Mons, Belgium @Mons Au Carre | 7/11/2020 – Pommard, France @ Festival Rootstock | 7/17/2020 – Ostrava, Czech @ Colours of Ostrava | 7/18/2020 – Grafenhainichen, Germany @ MELT Festival | 7/24/2020 – Brno, Czech @ Pop Messe Festival | 7/25/2020 – London, UK @ Naked City | Tickets are available here.