A new way to define British culture. A new way to present jazz. Kokoroko are one of several acts who’ve brought a different kind of vibe to the British jazz scene. They also go against the template of this music as something preferably white, male and academic. With influences from all over the place but especially afrobeat from West Africa, trumpet player Sheila Maurice-Grey and her friends create atmospheric, brass intense and deeply heartfelt tunes full of spiritual quality.
Last year’s compilation We Out Here gave the listener an overview of today’s alternative, young and multi-cultural jazz movement in London. The album was released by the Brownswood label, who can be described as the epicenter of this scene, and it was compiled under the guidance of saxophone wizard, clarinet player and Sons of Kemet-head honcho Shabaka Hutchings. Kokoroko were one of the participating bands on the compilation that really experienced something of a breakthrough. Their contribution Abusey Junction has more than seven million streams on Spotify. For a brand new group in this genre that’s quite impressive. Recently they released their self-titled EP.