KOKOKO! released their brilliant debut album, Fongola, in 2019 to critical acclaim. In February 2021, the uniquely self-crafted instrumentation and DIY spirit of Congolese electronic collective KOKOKO! is coming to a record store near you.
Handmade in Kinshasa, DRC ahead of their 2019 world tour, KOKOKO! built 8 bespoke 12" "playable sleeves" to house an upcoming Fongola Instrumentals white label release. Built by the band in their workshop, there are only 8 editions worldwide of the stringed metal contraptions, with just 7 made available in key worldwide independent stores (including Rough Trade in the UK) on 5th February, alongside a strictly limited run of white-label vinyl (300-only). They will be given away randomly to purchasers of the white label during the week of release in selected independent stores globally. You can preorder Fongola Instrumentals here.
For those that don't get so lucky upon release day, the Fongola Instrumentals album will be available to enjoy from all streaming services on the same day. Fongola Instrumentals puts the incredible musicality of KOKOKO! on full, uncompromising show. Their impeccably assembled beats and hyper-distinctive blend of organic and electronic pulsing grooves made their recent breakout one of the alternative world's most gripping of recent times, with an uncompromising and entrancing live show to match.
The band is currently working on new material which will surface in 2021.