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K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade + Zico & Kay Greyson

  • Cobalt 10-16 Boyd Street Newcastle Upon Tyne United Kingdom (map)
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High energy rap, operative vocals, hard hitting patios, unmistakable African rhythms, electric brass and thunderous percussion.

We are delighted to welcome back K.O.G & THE ZONGO BRIGADE back to Cobalt for their 3rd time to play alongside rising stars ZICO and Kay Greyson for a guaranteed night of groove and serotonin increase! The fresh tunes and incredible energy are uplifting and hard to resist.

Fresh of the back of some of the biggest stages including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals and numerous clubs and venues around Europe we managed to bag K.O.G ahead of a big show at The Jazz Café, London. They have received support across national and global radio including BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Introducing Sheffield and BBC Radio 1.

This tour marks the release of their album ‘Wahala Wahala’, released via Heavenly Sweetness.

Under the guidance of the outrageously talented Ghanaian force of nature Kweku Sackey, aka K.O.G, and the whirlwind of energy that is Jamaican rapper Franz Von Song, the Zongo Brigade deliver infectious, high-energy West African grooves via Sheffield, drawing on afrobeat, soul, funk, rock, hip hop and reggae which has fast gained recognition in London and all over the UK.

Writing and composing the songs himself with a little help from the Zongo Brigade, collectively they felt that the best way to catch the energy of the band was to record ‘Wahala Wahala’ as live as not to lose any of its original musical combustion.

Deeply rooted in stories from Africa, the album draws on love, peace and social issues. K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade’s motto “Unity in Diversity” stems from Kweku's African origins and also embraces the eclectic mix of nationalities which make up the band.

Leaving his native Ghana in the late 2000s’, Kweku Sackey’s journey to England was not without ‘Wahala’ (‘problems’ in Hausa, and a general West African word meaning ‘stress’ and ‘trouble’). Eventually settling in Sheffield, he encountered many battles along the way which he was determined to fight like an African warrior. By learning to fuse these bad vibrations with positive energies, K.O.G and his Zongo Brigade’s form of ghetto music began to take shape and despite the distance between K.O.G and Ghana, the links have never been broken. Family, friends, music - he has always kept one foot strongly rooted in Africa, with the other free and adventurous.

‘Wahala Wahala’ takes possession of the body as the words excite the mind. Racism, rejection, inequality, exile - the subject matter is always serious but the delivery irresistibly upbeat and rhythmic, guaranteed to get the feet moving because in every pain, there is also joy.

ZICO MC is a UK based Grime, Hip Hop, Jungle and Reggae emcee and recording artist, and one part of Trinity Lo Fi (Renegade Masters Records). Holding down live sets and residencies with some of Newcastle's premier underground bass culture nights, including Pirate Material, Lively Up and Dilate.

Kay Greyson is a twenty year old Hip Hop artist from the North East of England. Since releasing her debut mixtape 'Morning After Music' in 2016, she has performed all across the UK including opening for Akala, KRS One, Pharoahe Monch, Lil Eazy E and DJ Yella. She takes strong inspiration from her influences Chance the rapper and Childish Gambino and she incorporates their fun and interactive performance style into her own. She has been described as having a 'witty and energetic set that gets the room on board from the off.' Kay Greyson leads with her personality, telling personal and sometimes dark stories in her lyrics but delivering them with youthful joy and enthusiasm. In 2018, Kay Greyson set herself apart as one of Newcastle’s most prolific performers, she hopes to continue that in 2019 as well as releasing her debut album.

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