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Also known as
Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra, is an American Afrobeat band from the Lower East Side of New York City, formed in 2001 by songwriter/producer Ray Lugo.

Along with The Daktaris and Antibalas, they form part of the early New York Afrobeat scene that ignited the genre’s current global revival.

==Name Origin==

The band’s name, (pronounced kohːkohːloh), was taken from a 1970’s term used in Spanish Harlem and parts of the Caribbean, often as a pejorative, to describe Latinos of African descent who were fans of Afro music. Kokolo aimed to invert the negative connotation of the term through their music.

==History: From Punk to Afrofunk==

===Fuss And Fight===

Prior to founding Kokolo, Lugo’s musical background was rooted in New York’s downtown hardcore punk and rock scenes, associating with groups such as Bad Brains, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Gorilla Biscuits, Jawbreaker, Youth Of Today, Leeway and Warzone. Warzone’s lead singer, Raymond “Raybeez” Barbieri was a close personal friend of Lugo and an early mentor on the ins-and-outs of independent music, inspiring the DIY ethic that would become a key characteristic of Kokolo.

By the summer of 1995, Lugo ran Underhanded Studios, a recording facility on Ludlow Street, which he shared with Mark Anthony Thompson (Chocolate Genius), Sim Cain (Rollins Band) and Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto/Sean Lennon). While at Underhanded, Lugo befriended Gabe Roth and Phillip Lehman, who soon recorded the first albums for Desco Records at Underhanded and who would go on to release the Daktaris album, which spearheaded the Afrobeat revival in New York. Also during this time, while producing King Chango’s debut recordings, Lugo recruited Martin Perna and Mike Wagner as the group’s horn section.


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  • bennok

    Fela Kuti meets The Clash !

    9 May 2011 Reply
  • dornfelder

    Headbone connected to the backbone, the backbone connected to the leg bone, the leg bone connected to the ass bone, the ass bone connected to the... you know the rest!

    19 Oct 2009 Reply
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  • recordkicks

    KOKOLO "Heavy hustling tour" updated gigs list Sat 28/2 The Yardbird - Birmingham Sun 1/3 The Junction - York Mon 2/3 World Headquarters - Newcastle Wed 4/3 Rust - Copenhagen Thu 5/3 Cargo, London ( with Antony Joseph) - London Fri 6/3 Afrobeat Vibration - London Sat 7/3 Canal 93 - Bobigny Sun 8/3 BeFast - Chartres Tue 10/3 Les Mardi de Riorges - Roanne Fri 13/3 The Cellar - Oxford Sun 15/3 HiFi Club - Leeds Tue 17/3 Atomic - Munich Wed 18/3 Kassablanca - Jena Thu 19/3 UT Connewitz - Leipzig Fri 20/3 Yaam - Berlin Sat 21/3 Groovestation- Dresden Mon 23/3 Momo - Rostock Fri 27/3 Planete Modo Café - Marseille Sat 28/3 - Ancona Wed 1/4 Apollo 2 - Barcelona Thu 2/4 Jimmy Jazz - Vitoria Fri 3/4 El Junco - Madrid More to come keep un eye on

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • araujof

    bom mesmo...really good shit..,congrats

    9 Dec 2008 Reply
  • SirAlecHendrix

    Kokolo—now connected to the ➤ Nu•Jazz•Garden

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
  • SugarPush

    also listen to the "Phanamanation"!

    11 Sep 2008 Reply
  • mrpexuxa

    Esse som é foda. a versao para The Magnificent Sevendo Clash é sensacional. Rola até o rap brazuca no meio. Nota 10!!! Cool Stuf !!!

    8 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Ryz

    Yeah Yeah!

    9 Sep 2007 Reply

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