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Kokoroko (UK)

Everything starts with afrobeat

Kokoroko say that they grew up with the music of Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor and Tony Allen –the music that their parents danced to, they say–, a tradition that these Londoners with African roots couldn’t find on the music scene of their city when they finished their classical jazz training. Sharing space with the Ezra Collective and Nubya Garcia –at least according to Gilles Peterson, who released their eponymous debut EP on his label Brownswood Recordings–, this mixed and racialized eight-piece band led by Sheila Maurice-Grey’s trumpet spreads the Afrobeat message without the sermons of the Kuti tradition. Nigeria via London, with a stopover in Mali thanks to the guitar of Oscar Jerome.

Kokoroko (Brownswood Recordings, 2019)