We Are Europe

KOKOKO! (Nuits Sonores & We Are Europe present)


  • Thursday 14 16:40 - 17:20

    Sónar by Day - SonarVillage by Estrella Damm


Kinshasa, the remarkable and vibrant city full of sounds and noises is the only place that could conceivably have given rise to the KOKOKO! collective! (Always written in capital letters and with a significant exclamation mark at the end). Chaos is the norm for the Congolese band, which carries a powerful punk and DIY spirit. They invited French producer and beatmaker Débruit to join them, who fully immersed himself in their work and lived with the group for several weeks, perhaps in order to provide some control (or just for pure pleasure). Together they created a recording studio built with mattresses, wood and a ping-pong table, invented instruments with thrown away objects found in the streets, all of which have given shape to an amazing sound incorporating post-punk, disco, psychedelia and traditional African music. They have already released two EPs and their debut album is due for release in early 2018. Sónar will therefore be the perfect moment to experience their album 'live' on the SonarVillage stage.

Débruit draws influences from his far-reaching travels and sound experiences in order to outline his artistic offerings. Last year he recorded an album with an older generation of Turkish musicians, entitled "Débruit & Istanbul", and in 2014 he performed at Sónar accompanied by Sudanese vocalist Alsarah, with whom he recorded the excellent "Aljawal". The KOKOKO! experience promises take them one step further: Their YouTube video presentation tells us about the group's gestation period and shares several composition clips, and has now been viewed by more than 2 million people worldwide.

This concert is in collaboration with the Nuits Sonores festival as part of the We Are Europe program.