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      Following the release of the 'True What You Say' EP, multi-cultural Birmingham band, KIOKO get set to release their follow up 'Let's Be Frank'.

      Having released a hard-hitting documentary styled video earlier this year for 'Deadly Roots' (the lead track from the 'True What You Say' EP) the boys have been busy in the studio getting to work on their current project 'Let's Be Frank'. 'Deadly Roots' used strong lyrics and rhythmic melodies to spread a message that fits in with todays ever-changing society, a message of realness and respectfulness to others and one that they will continue to see through in their new release.

      As well as being solid in the studio KIOKO pride themselves on giving a high standard of lively and memorable shows with high adrenalin and energetic performances set to win over audiences old and new. During the last EP they were gaining radio support from Huw Stephens' show on BBC Radio 1, Huey Morgan's show on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 1Xtra (who played favoured track taken from the EP, 'Don't Keep Me Waiting' for a week) and had already had performed with a great variety of artists including Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder, The Specials, The Musical Youth and Youngblood Brassband.

      In recent months they have gone on to rep their hometown with a sold out show at Hare and Hounds in Birmingham and a performance at renowned night ILUVLIVE. They then performed at Soundwave Croatia, took a break to record the new EP and then supported The Wailers in London after supporting Lee Scratch Perry on 31st October and 1st November.

      KIOKO are a group of like-minded artists with big personalities who started their musical journey as boys in music class at school. Made up of a range of personalities. Lead vocalist Matt Doyle; Jon Brown, the bands guitarist; Ben Torrens the bass player; Tom Collins on drums; Ewan Whyte and Laurence Taylor both have the role of trumpet player/vocalist; Josh Wilkinson plays the trombone. An eclectic mix of talent use of live instruments has encouraged them to develop their unique fusion of soulful pop, reggae and jazz.

      They quickly defined themselves as one to watch with music reminiscent of reggae greats - their powerful hooks and melodies are filled with wellreceived sociological and political relevant messages, disguised by sharp song writing sensibilities and heavy cultural musical influences. An intriguing sound guaranteed to get your mind thinking and head bopping.

      'True What They Say', produced by the legendary British reggae figurehead and band mentor Spider Johnson solidified them as an eccentric blend of jazzy hooks and conscious minds, 'Let's Be Frank' set for release June 2016 aims to be just as powerful.

      Photo by Christopher Cove

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  • 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

    twisterella
  • 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

    great escape saturday
  • 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

    great escape friday
  • 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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13 Oct 18TwisterellaMiddlesborough, UK