Koko EP by Dobet Gnahoré, Cee ElAssaad & Bayaka
Cee ElAssaad makes a welcome return to Connected, this time teaming up with Bayaka and Dobet Gnahoré for the release of the Koko EP.
Cee ElAssaad is a fast-rising DJ and producer from Morocco. His style fuses exotic melodies and thunderously thumping rhythms with euphoria-drenched moods. Here he works with Bayaka, connected regulars that have also released on Mo'Black and Variety. The final part of the trio is Dobet Gnahoré, who plays with Na Afriki, a group consisting mainly of French and Tunisian musicians on guitar, sanza, balafon, calebasse, and bongos. Now based in France, Gnahoré shared an award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance with India.Arie at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
The majestic "Koko" opens with filtered bass sequencers that recall the early disco work of Georgio Moroder. Dobet Gnahoré lays down a soaring vocal interspaced with adlibs, chants, and spoken word that elevates the whole tune. The organic pads, percussion, and relentless bass finish this classic Afro acid disco gem in style.
Dobet Gnahoré, Cee ElAssaad & Bayaka - Koko EP
Release Date September 2021
1. Koko (Original Mix)
2. Koko (Instrumental)