Originating from South Africa, KONGOS are an alternative rock - something between folk music and rock ‘n’ roll - collective; they produce rhythmic and heartfelt records which are hard to listen to without singing along!
KONGOS consists of four brothers - Dylan K (bass guitar), Jesse K (drums, percussion), Daniel K (guitar, vocals), Johnny K (accordion, keyboard) - who were born to the renowned singer and songwriter John Kongos who scored hits such as ‘He’s Gonna Step On You Again’ and ‘Tokoloshe Man’ in the 1970s. As you have probably guessed, the title of the band derives from the surname of its members. They have been active since 2007, when they recorded their eponymous debut album ‘KONGOS’; it achieved a position on Get Out’s top 10 local albums.
In 2012, the talented four-some released the album ‘Lunatic’, which featured the incredibly catchy single ‘I’m Only Joking’; it topped all three of Tuks FM’s charts and gained ample airtime on 5FM, along with many other radio and TV stations in South Africa. Towards the end of October 2013, KONGOS self-released their initial album ‘Lunatic’ in the USA, and the credibly acclaimed ‘I’m Only Joking’ increased the band’s fan-base across North America. Their second hit single ‘Come With Me Now’ proved to be hugely successful and was the official soundtrack for WWE’s pay-per-view event Extreme Rules. It also featured in the motion picture The Expendables 3, whilst the video for the record has over 18 million views on YouTube. After receiving such widespread recognition, KONGOS signed to Epic Records before re-releasing Lunatic once again in 2014 and reaching number 39 on The Billboard 200.
KONGOS are comparable to the likes of Kasabian and Muse, although the Phoenix New Times has claimed that KONGOS’s music “doesn’t sound like anything else you might’ve heard before”. The quartet have shared the stage with Kings of Leon at the Boulevard Brew Festival and performed live at a number of prestigious settings such as the Edge’s Sugar Beach studio, Toronto CA and the JBTV studios, Chicago US.