Kokoroko debuts in Australia With headline shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne

by the partae
Astral People and Handsome Tours are thrilled to present… Kokoroko

Cohabiting at the apex of Neo Jazz and Afrobeats, in perfect soul-shaking harmony is Kokoroko. After bursting into the public view in 2018 with ‘We Out Here’, a project from Brownswood Recordings celebrating the brightest of London’s young jazz stars, the band became the crown jewel for the so-called ‘UK jazz renaissance’. The 50+ million YouTube plays given to their languid, improvisatory, track ‘Abusey Junction’ didn’t hurt either. Earning them universal critical acclaim from BBC 6 Music, 1Xtra, Afropunk, Line Of Best Fit, The Guardian, The Clash, and NPR and more.

Since then, they’ve sold out tours across BrazilIndia, and repeatedly the UK. Performed at numerous international music events including Glastonbury, Wide Awake Festival, Lost Village, Pohoda Festival, Super-Sonic Jazz Festival, Akbank Jazz Festival, Coconut Music Festival, and Meadows In The Mountains. Now finally it’s Australia’s turn.

Released earlier this year to resounding acclaim was their debut album ‘Could We Be More’. An expansive and ambitious album that speaks to the force of Kokoroko. Each song possesses the energy which so naturally underpins the heartbeat of Kokoroko’s identity – deftly moving through afrobeat, highlife, soul, and funk across the album’s 15 tracks and taking inspiration from a plethora of other influences from West Africa to London and the Caribbean – ‘Could We Be More’ gifts the listener feelings of homecoming and joy.

Kokoroko’s music was shaped by the rich musical traditions of Western Africa and all steeped in London’s cultural diversity. The band’s music is beautifully complex and powerfully commanding, the kind of music that forces you out of your seat to dance. The group’s name which means ‘be strong’ in Urhobo was a declaration of power from the start, of the uplifting, positive energy and the sharp artistic vision that makes up their sound.

Don’t miss Kokoroko as they bring their lush vocals, adventurous brass motifs, and hypnotic guitar tones to Australian stages for the very first time this coming March.

Astral People acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia on which this tour takes place. Astral People acknowledge their Elders past, present and emerging and pay their respect to all First Nations people. Always Was, Always Will Be.


Tues Mar 7, 2023 – Brisbane, The Princess Theatre

Weds Mar 8, 2023 – Sydney, Factory Theatre

Fri Mar 10, 2023 – Melbourne, The Croxton Bandroom




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