Comprised of a mix of top Nigerian and American musicians, KOTOJA, led by Nigerian bassist/vocalist Ken Okuolo, has excited audiences around the U.S. with their infectious mix of African highlife, juju, jazz, and world music.
KOTOJA’s animated, powerful shows, featuring Okulolo’s original songs and vocals, brighten the scene with bubbling dance rhythms, jazz-informed musicianship, and an uplifting, universal message that brings music lovers to their feet.
The band’s national tours and three album releases (“Freedom Is What Everybody Needs” and “Sawale” on Mesa Recordings, “Super Sawale” on Putumayo) have won critical acclaim:
“A WINNING COMBINATION…AN INTOXICATING BREW…A WILD HYBRID OF STYLES FROM HIGHLIFE TO JUJU TO SOCA AND REGGAE” –Tower Pulse
“IT’S FANTASTIC MUSIC…I JUST LOVE IT’–Hugh Masekela
“THE RHYTHM IS SOLID AND THE MUSIC GENUINELY UPLIFTING”–Downbeat
“KOTOJA HAS A FERVENT FOLLOWING FOR ITS MIX”–Entertainment Weekly
“LILTING VOCALS, SOULFUL HORNS, CHURNING PERCUSSION–AND OKULOLO’S SUPPLE BASS LINES, FIRMLY HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER. GREAT GROOVES!”–Bass Player Magazine