Ones to watch – KOKOROKO


When Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label released its compilation of London jazz, We Out Here, a year ago, it featured some of the scene’s brightest stars: saxophonist Nubya Garcia channelling Sonny Rollins on Once; Ezra Collective feeling a Fela Kuti Afrobeat on Pure Shade; and elder statesman Shabaka Hutchings with bebop clarinet licks on Black Skin, Black Masks. But Kokoroko’s seven-minute closer Abusey Junction was the earworm, a salve for the city’s chaos. Since then, this poetic, guitar-led track has garnered more than 23m plays on YouTube.

Read the feature in the Observer.

[This piece was published on 23/02/19]