Widely recognized as one of rock’s most infectious and invigorating bands, KONGOS will be heading to Johannesburg for a much in demand live concert performance at the Barnyard Rivonia Theatre in Johannesburg on Friday 1st May 2020.
The band is being brought to South Africa by leading independent record company Just Music in association with Mix 93.8FM and Barnyard Theatres.
Just Music has been associated with KONGOS’ success since their debut record release ‘’I’m Only Joking’’ back in in 2011. This hit single was followed by multiple top 40 hits from their second album “Lunatic”, including “Come With Me Now” which would go on to put KONGOS on the map in the United States and worldwide in 2014.
The brothers KONGOS—Johnny, Jesse, Dylan, and Danny are eager to get back to South Africa after an absence of a number of years. Extensive international touring and recording commitments have demanded their full attention, but they have always retained strong connections with their South African fan base, that will undoubtedly be delighted to see the band take to a local stage again with a full scale rock production.
Tickets for KONGOS at Barnyard Rivonia on Friday 1st May go on sale on today,
17th December online at https://www.barnyardtheatre.co.za/
The brothers KONGOS—Johnny, Jesse, Dylan, and Danny—have music in their blood. Their South African/British father, John Kongos, landed multiple chart hits in the seventies, and the boys picked up instruments at a young age. Now, they’re continuing that musical legacy.
Growing up in London and Johannesburg, they ultimately settled in their mother’s hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, where the band was officially formed in 2003. KONGOS began playing shows and recording, eventually releasing their self-titled debut album in 2007. Completely self-contained, they write, produce, engineer and mix their music as well as direct all their own music videos.
After years touring, emailing labels, agents, radio stations and management companies, the brothers got their first break in 2011 when “I’m Only Joking” became a radio smash in South Africa, followed by multiple top 40 hits from their second album “Lunatic”, including “Come With Me Now” which would go on to put KONGOS on the map in the United States and worldwide in 2014. The group became unanimously recognized as one of rock’s most infectious and invigorating new voices as the track went RIAA double-platinum for sales in excess of 2 million. It occupied the #1 spot at Alternative Radio for five weeks, marking the quickest ascent to the top by a new band in history. They spent the following 2 years on tour all over the world.
In 2016 they returned with “Egomaniac”, scoring another top ten Alternative hit with “Take It From Me” and have since had their music heard everywhere with placements by HBO, FX, CNN, NBC Sports, ESPN, NFL, The Expendables 3, Universal Studios, Dodge Ram, Samsung Galaxy, American Idol, The Originals, MTV Movie Awards, Playstation 4 and more. Their videos have been viewed over 100 million time. They’ve hit the stage on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Today Show and more and received acclaim from Rolling Stone, USA Today, and many others.
2018/2019 has seen an explosion of creativity from the band with new albums, “1929 Part 1”, and ‘’1929 Part 2’’, a 10 part documentary series, “Bus Call”, which follows their story and gives a compelling and realistic window into life on tour. The brothers also host a weekly podcast, “The Front Lounge”, where they discuss music, ideas and more with guests that include other musicians, artists, touring professionals and entrepreneurs.
ABOUT JUST MUSIC
Just Music is a leading independent record company in South Africa, proudly delivering great local and international music for the past 15 years.
The label’s current artist roster includes WONDERboom, The Black Cat Bones, Sannie Fox, Desmond and The Tutus, KONGOS, Bianca Blanc, The Shabs, Ramdaz, Tailor, Lance James, John Niel and Medicine Dolls.
Just Music is also home in Africa to some of the world’s leading independent labels like XL Records, Matador, Rough Trade, Beggars Banquet, Young Turks, 4AD and Ninja Tune.
Key international artists marketed and distributed by Just Music include Adele, Radiohead, The National, The XX, Future Islands, Aldous Harding, Beirut, Sampa The Great, Jordan Rakei, Mac DeMarco, Queens of The Stone Age, SBTRKT, Jungle, Deerhunter, The Kills, FKA Twigs, Jill Scott, Fink (and many more).
Just Music Publishing is a division of Just Music working with many of the labels songwriters. Just Music’s in-house recording and mastering studio operates as an important A&R resource to the label.
ABOUT MIX 93.8 FM
Mix 93.8 FM is a community radio station which seeks to entertain, inspire and inform
With a host of talented DJ Presenters and Music Specialists, we play great music and provide a variety of informative shows to inspire, educate and inform.
We are a group of dedicated and passionate individuals who seek to bring a rich and fantastic experience to our wonderful listeners.
ABOUT THE BARNYARD THEATRES
From its humble beginnings on a dairy farm in Plettenberg Bay to international hit shows, The Barnyard Theatre is a home-grown legend in the making, now with 6 venues across the country. The Barnyard Theatre Experience – friendship, good food, wine and brilliant entertainment.
Barnyard’s live music shows transcend boundaries; they are vibrant, uplifting, highly entertaining, and feature the greatest hits of our time. In addition, we regularly host well-known South African bands, comedians and performers.
Fully stocked bars, coffee and snack bars are conveniently situated throughout the venue. Barnyard’s unique concept; sociability, value-for-money and a one-stop evening out make our Theatres unrivalled. Sit back, relax and let us entertain you.