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Kog & Zongo Brigade

In Association with Shades of Soul Ltd

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Last Show: Friday 26 th October 2018

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

The 9-piece deliver infectious West African vibes from Ghana via Sheffield, with diverse origins conflating to whip up their signature heady brew of afrobeat, soul, funk and reggae otherwise dubbed “Afro-fusion”. They've played Glastonbury main stages as well as many other UK and European festivals and venues and had radio play all over the world, including BBC radio 6. Under the leadership of the outrageously talented whirlwind of energy that is Kweku Sackey aka Ghanaian force of nature KOG, the 8-piece Zongo brigade deliver infectious, high-energy West African grooves, drawing on afrobeat, soul, funk, rock and reggae to create a totally original sound that leaves every crowd dripping with sweat and begging for more.

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"High-Octane Hard-hitting afro fusion” Glastonbury

"Flat-out on the funk and heavy on the horns, they also remember that the duty to entertain never went out of fashion. Exuberant and full-on, they know how to put on a show. These are nine Steel City sons who can be relied upon to put the pedal to the metal.” Woman

With KOG’s signature mix of songs, raps, operatic vocal effects and stage antics that would make Howling Wolf blush, backed up by hard-hitting patois raps from Jamaican Franz Von Song, and a dedicated band of serious musical badmen , the band have played some huge stages including Glastonbury West Holts, Reading and Leeds Festival, and clubs and venues across Europe with big things on the horizon.

Sheffield’s K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade are one such outfit, an 18-legged groove machine with the power to fill the wide-open air. Afro-centric grooves – particularly those of a Ghanaian hue – are the order of the day as they serve a punchy, piquant stew simmering with Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae, jazz and dub.