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To call K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade‘s bombastically funky fusion of Afro-kissed jazz-hop a decadently moreish sonic orgy of bacchanalian proportions would be putting it lightly.

Whether steeped in searingly hard-edged funk a la James Brown, buoyed by a sumptuous bed of gospel-tinged harmonies or peppered with swoonsome disco grooves, their fluidly eclectic jawns are so viscerally propulsive that they have been known to compel unabashed boogying in even the most shrinking of violets – TRUE STORY, BRO!

No surprise, then, that this multinational eight-piece – fronted by the outrageously talented Ghanaian force of nature Kweku Sackey (aka K.O.G), with a little help from the relentless maelstrom that is Jamaican rapper Franz Von – have not only set major festival stages alight with their piquant scorchers (Glasto, Leeds and Reading, to name but a few), but also amassed a hyper-enthusiastic global following along the way.

Most recently, they’ve released their rhythmically nuanced (not to mention texturally alive) belter of a debut, Wahala Wahala, which will undoubtedly be the soundtrack to many a backyard barbecue as the warmer months set in.

But don’t just take my word for it – check them out as they tear the roof off Cobalt Studios on Friday 12th April, and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.


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