Kokolo is a New York City band trying to sound like a Nigerian band. And it’s led by a Venezuelan American – Ray Lugo.
I’m fine with all that. Because you know I dig me some Fela Kuti.
Lugo describes Kokolo as a funky gumbo: “Our bass player loves reggae, the saxophonist’s into jazz, the percussionist gets off on salsa, the trombonist on Zappa, the guitarist on hip-hop, the trumpeter on experimenting.”
Click here to hear the Kokolo single “Trouble Come, Trouble Go.” To download it as a FREE MP3, click the title down below.
Ray Lugo is also into Brazilian music... and James Brown. That’s reflected in a new project called Ray Lugo’s L.E.S. Express, which has a brand new single up on iTunes.
I’m spinning the B-side on my Vox blog. Click here to hear “Get On Up”... more of that trendy ’60s soul fetishism foyoazz. (The vocalist on this track? Australian chick.)
“Trouble Come, Trouble Go” (MP3)
Album available at iTunes Music Store