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Birmingham-based group KIOKO prepare for their upcoming UK and European tour with reggae giants UB40 with the release of their new single 'Let's Be Frank'

Focusing on candid, heartfelt lyricism and heavyweight rhythms, the single captures the impeccable live sound of the reggae collective, encompassing the energy from their high octane performances. 'Let's Be Frank' is bristling with fresh reggae rhythms, captivating horns and buoyant vocal energy, sitting comfortably within a timeless reggae tempo.

"'Let's Be Frank' will get everybody on the dance floor: moving, skanking and shaking. We listened to a lot of the late, great, Amy Winehouse, especially the 'Back to Black' album whilst we were making the track and her influence can be heard throughout. The Frank reference is our tribute to her", trombonist Josh Wilkinson explains.  

"For me, 'Lets Be Frank' is a song of liberation," vocalist and guitarist Matt Doyle adds. "Whether that be from a toxic relationship or an overbearing job, whatever it might be - the listener gets to choose."

Performing alongside UB40The WailersLee 'Scratch' Perry and garnering support from Louder Than WarHuffington Post UKLondon Live as well as airplay from BBC Radio 11XTRA and BBC 6 Music, 'Let's Be Frank' is an effortless display of KIOKO's ability to curate empowering anthems infused with blistering reggae rhythms. 

'Let's Be Frank' is set for release November 1st. Keep an eye out for tour dates with UB40 here.

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Kioko (Photo by Will Hutchinson)

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    www.facebook.com/kiokomusicuk

  • 11 Jul, 2018

    Boardmasters 2018

    The Boardmasters festival, takes place in Cornwall from 8th - 12th August and features a whole host of Primary Talent International & Decked Out artists.

    ...Catfish and The Bottlemen (Friday Headliners)
    ...KANO
    ...The Horrors
    ...Fun Lovin' Criminals
    ...The Sherlocks
    ...MK
    ...Will Clarke
    ...MJ Cole
    ...Krystal Klear
    ...KIOKO
    ...Bad Parents
    ...Saint Agnes
    ...RedFaces
    ...Rosborough
    ...Bryde
    ...Mike Skinner
    ...Barely Legal

    www.boardmasters.com

  • 06 Jul, 2018

    Twisterella Festival 2018

    The Twisterella festival in Middlesborough on 13th October, will feature Primary Talent artists:

    ...Bryde
    ...KIOKO
    ...Vistas
    ...Dylan Cartlidge

    www.twisterella.co.uk

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  • 19 May, 2018

    The Great Escape: Saturday 19th May

    The Great Escape festival will take place at multiple venues across Brighton, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, and a great many Primary Talent International artists will be taking part.

    Saturday 19th May
    ...Gaffa Tape Sandy
    ...Vistas
    ...Cuckoolander
    ...KIOKO
    ...Jack River
    ...BLESSED
    ...Kawala
    ...Chappaqua Wrestling
    ...Steel Banglez
    ...The Magic Gang
    ...Puppy
    ...Ebenezer
    ...Self Esteem
    ...ALASKALASKA
    ...Pale Grey
    ...808INK
    ...Fredo
    ...MoStack
    ...Now, Now
    ...Canshaker Pi
    ...Tom Grennan
    ...Carmody
    ...Mist

    For further information, consult The Great Escape website.

    www.greatescapefestival.com

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  • 18 May, 2018

    The Great Escape: Friday 18th May

    The Great Escape festival will take place at multiple venues across Brighton, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, and a great many Primary Talent International & Decked Out artists will be taking part.

    Friday 18th May
    ...Kawala
    ...Pale Grey
    ...WWWater
    ...Denzel Himself
    ...ABQ
    ...TOUTS
    ...Canshaker Pi
    ...EERA
    ...Ten Tonnes
    ...BLOXX
    ...Nilufer Yanya
    ...Ama Lou
    ...Kioko
    ...Awate
    ...Dylan Cartlidge
    ...Art School Girlfriend
    ...Ebenezer
    ...Sports Team
    ...Malena Zavala
    ...Slowthai
    ...Connie Constance
    ...Avalanche Party
    ...Yellow Days
    ...Bad Sounds
    ...SASSY 009
    ...Sorry
    ...Erol Alkan
    ...Esther Joy
    ...Cowboy Rhythmbox

    For further information, consult The Great Escape website.

    www.greatescapefestival.com

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  • 10 Aug, 2017

    KIOKO: UK Tour Dates October 2017

    KIOKO will play live dates in Birmingham & London in October 2017.

    www.facebook.com/kiokomusicuk

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  • 12 Mar, 2017

    Kioko: New Video 'Tired Of Lying'

    Kioko present their new video for 'Tired Of Lying', taken from the forthcoming 2nd EP 'Let's Be Frank'.

    www.facebook.com/kiokomusicuk

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