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Kongos at The Hollow
Published 4:39 pm, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Kongos is a band of four brothers from South Africa: Johnny (drums) Jessie (accordion, keyboards) Dylan (bass) and Daniel (guitar and vocals). They were born in Johannesburg, then moved London, and now live in the much drier Phoenix.

The music is often accordion-driven, which lends it an old-timey sound, but the vocals are heavily processed, giving it a modern edge.

They released "Lunatic" in 2012, and the singles "I'm Only Joking" and "Come With Me Now" did well in their South African homeland, snagging them a record deal with Epic, who then re-released the record, which has now sold over 70,000 copies.

Their wooly yet modern sound is quite unique, and certainly refreshing and forward-thinking.

— David Malachowski