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Baba Ayoola

by Kokoroko

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nadica42069 Inspired by the best of Jazz and Funk, composed and played by some of the finest musicians of this era, Kokoroko delivers yet again with this outstanding single. A must listen for anyone who loves a powerful horn section or just good soul music.
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rikm Kokoroko return with an excellent new single, a musical celebration of artistry and style and immense talent.

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Tim Mee This double A side is terrific - and ‘Carry Me Home’ on the flip side is inspired by sometime Fela Kuti keys-man Dele Sosimi … which should tell you all you need to know about how Kokoroko are going from strength to strength with their addictive Highlife stylings.
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    Kokoroko return with this exclusive Double A Side vinyl of 'Baba Ayoola' and 'Carry Me Home' released via Brownswood Recordings on 25th June 2021. Both singles achieved huge support upon digital release by BBC Radio, BBC 6 Music, 1Xtra, Afropunk, Clash, Rolling Stone France & NPR. 'Baba Ayoola' was written as a tribute to the grandfather of the band's alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi and is 'an invitation to celebrate life'. Whilst 'Carry Me Home' was inspired by conversations with the masterful Dele Sosimi, whose technical ability in bridging the gap between the West African afrobeat sound of his roots, and the London energy of his upbringing, has directly informed the ever-impressive capabilities demonstrated by London's eight-piece collective, Kokoroko.

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Kokoroko return with a brilliant new single 'Baba Ayoola' which was released on Brownswood Recordings on 13th November 2020, their first single since the sublime 'Carry Me Home' in February that received huge support from BBC 6 Music, 1Xtra, Afropunk, Clash & NPR.

Opening with the elevating vocal harmonies of the front women, Sheila, Cassie and Richie; the song unfolds with delicate rolling drums perfectly melding with the percussive heartbeat to which the keys glide over seamlessly. Enchanting guitar riffs glisten through a melodic baseline, enhanced with bursts of the powerful brass section coalesced with gospel-like harmonies surging towards an exhilarating crescendo. Baba Ayoola was written as a tribute to the grandfather of the band’s alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi and is “an invitation to celebrate life”

Winners of ‘Best Group’ at the Urban Music Awards 2020 and lauded in NPR Austin 100 list, and having played many UK/EU Festivals including Glastonbury, Meltdown Festival, We Out Here and BBC6 Music Festival to name a few, they are are looking forward to extending their reach further around the globe in 2020 and beyond. In September 2020 the band made their BBC Proms debut in the Royal Albert Hall.


released November 13, 2020

Sheila Maurice-Grey - Trumpet / vocals
Cassie Kinoshi - Saxophone / vocals
Richie Seivwright - Trombone / vocals
Yohan Kebede - Keys
Duane Atherley - Bass
Tobi Adenaike - Guitar
Onome Edgeworth - Percussion
Ayo Salawu - Drums


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Kokoroko London, UK

Kokoroko channel the greats of West Africa through a jazz-rooted approach, building on the foundations laid by Fela Kuti, Tony Allen and Ebo Taylor; they lace interrelated influences together into a soul shaking, horn fueled sound. They draw from the music they grew up with, the echoes of Afrobeat and highlife heard in melodies, drum patterns and harmonised vocals. ... more


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