Led by trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey, London-based ensemble Kokoroko make afrobeat-influenced jazz (or maybe it's the other way around), citing Fela Kuti, Tony Allen and Ebo Taylor as inspirations for their "soul shaking, horn fueled sound." The band released their very enjoyable self-titled debut album last year, and this week released a new single, the warm and inviting "Carry Me Home." You can listen to both below.

Kokoroko were supposed to make their U.S. debut at NYC's Winter Jazzfest but had to cancel due to visa issues. They'll head to Austin this month for SXSW, and they've also announced their first-ever North American tour, which happens in June and hits Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Victoria (BC), Vancouver, NYC, Toronto, Montreal and Chicago. The NYC show is at Le Poisson Rouge on 6/22 and tickets go on sale Friday, March 6 at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below.


Mar 8 London, UK 6 Music Festival
Mar 8 London, UK 6 Music Festival - By Night: Kokoroko + Melt Yourself Down
Mar 18 - 20 Austin, TX, US SXSW
Mar 27 Cape Town, South Africa Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Apr 3 Saint-Gaudens, France Jazz en Comminges Apr 4 Cully, Switzerland Chapiteau
Apr 10 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique (AB)
May 5 Cheltenham, UK Cheltenham Jazz Festival
May 6 La Roche-sur-Yon, France Salle Fuzz'yon
May 22 Gennevilliers, France Le Tamanoir
Jun 14 Los Angeles (LA), CA, US Bootleg Theater
Jun 15 San Francisco, CA, US Sf Jazz
Jun 17 Portland, OR, US Jack London Revue
Jun 18 Seattle, WA, US Sunset Tavern
Jun 19 Victoria, BC, Canada Victoria Intl Jazz Festival
Jun 20 Vancouver, BC, Canada Vancouver Intl Jazz Festival
Jun 22 NYC Le Poisson Rouge
Jun 24 Toronto, ON, Canada Toronto Jazz Fest
Jun 28 Montreal, QC, Canada L'Astral (Montreal Jazz Festival)
Jun 29 Chicago, IL, US Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
Jul 3 Lewes, UK Love Supreme Jazz Festival - Weekend Camping Ticket
Jul 3 Lewes, UK Love Supreme Jazz Festival - Weekend Ticket (No Camping)
Jul 3 Lewes, UK Love Supreme Festival
Jul 4 Lewes, UK Love Supreme Jazz Festival - Saturday Ticket
Jul 9 Rotterdam, Netherlands North Sea Jazz Festival
Jul 15 Wabern bei Bern, Switzerland Gurtenfestival
Jul 17 Pori, Finland Pori Jazz
Jul 22 Cascais, Portugal Hipódromo Manuel Possolo
Jul 24 Grantham, UK Kingdom Festival
Jul 30 Amsterdam, Netherlands Dekmantel festival
Aug 5 Budapest, Hungary Sziget Festival
Aug 14 Chelmsford, UK Hideaway Festival
Aug 20 Brecon Beacons, UK Green Man Festival

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