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Three artists share the name "Kokomo": a post-rock band, a disbanded soul band and a surf/punk band. Kokomo is a post rock band from Duisburg, Germany founded in mid-2008. Their first album, Matterhorn Bob and the Black Fair was released in November 2009 to a generally-positive reception. A 12" split with Kasan was also released that year. In April 2011, the band released their second album, If Wolves. Their sound is a combination of the atmosphere of post-rock, the soundscapes of ambient music and the turbulence of post-metal. The band is comprised of Oliver L. (guitar), Rene S. (guitar), Benjamin H. (bass) and Tobias S. (drums). -- Kokomo was a soul band that played the pub circuit in the 1970s in the United Kingdom. "Kokomo has been described as the most authentic, and certainly the most traditional, funk band Britain produced during the 1970s" The line-up was at first fairly stable, featuring a core of Dyan Birch (vocals), Frank Collins (vocals), Paddy McHugh (vocals), Tony O'Malley (keys, vocals), (all formerly in Arrival), Alan Spenner (bass), Neil Hubbard (guitar), Mel Collins (saxes), Jody Linscott (percussion), Terry Stannard (drums) and Jim Mullen (guitar). After the first album in 1975, Jody Linscott and Jim Mullen left, and Terry Stannard was replaced by John Susswell. Other musicians who played with the band at different times include : Glen LeFleur (drums), Tony Beard (drums), John McKenzie, musician (bass), Chris Mercer (saxophone), Andy Hamilton (saxes), Mark Smith (bass), Neal Wilkinson (drums), Neil Conti (drums). Mel Collins was an ex-King Crimson player, guitarist Neil Hubbard and bassist Alan Spenner previously worked with Joe Cocker's Grease Band, vocalist Frank Collins once led '60s pop sensations Arrival, whose lineup also included Kokomo's Dyan Birch and Paddie McHugh. The band launched onto the U.K. pub rock scene where, until the advent of Roogalator and Supercharge during 1975, their loose-limbed funk workouts were in an absolute class of their own. In 1975 Kokomo toured with Dr. Feelgood and Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers, the so called Naughty Rhythms tour. The original lineup split in 1977. Various version of the band continued to perform, but broke up again when Alan Spenner died in August 1991. External links: Wikipedia Fan page (includes a discography, brief bio and pictures) -- Kokomo is a surf/punk band from Glastonbury, Connecticut.
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Ismaël Jolé-Ménébhi better known by the stage name Taïro (born in Paris on 5 February 1978), is a French singer, songwriter of dancehall reggae. He has released two albums, Chœurs et âme in 2009 and Ainsi soit-il in 2013, in addition to three street tapes.
He was born of in Paris in 1978. After his parents divorced, he went on to live with his mother in the Xe arrondissement. His first artistic role was in the 1991 film Le Jeune Werther directed by Jacques Doillon when he was just 13. He was also exposed to reggae music at school and he embraced the trend and performed in school events and in 1993 formed his band Youthmen Ten taking the stage name Taïro ("Tyro") meaning a novice or beginner. In 1996, he appeared under the pseudonym Wicked Dread, in the track "Quel F*cky" by the group Section Fu on the EP Mortal Kombat. Beginning of the 2000s, Yothmen Ten disbanded.
in 2000, he was released the single "Millénaire featuring One Shot. It reached number 35 in France. He gained critical acclaim through his interpretation of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man". He collaborated with Faf Larage in "Mea Culpa" also in 2000. In addition, he sang a number of Jamaican traditional hits. Through the support of Akhenaton, his music found its way in the soundtrack for Taxi 2. Other collaborations include tracks on albums by Nuttea, Assassin, Faf Larage in the album Rap Stories, Bakar in his album Rose de betton, he was featured on German rap group Massive Töne's track "Geld oder Liebe" (DE #45) and a joint single with Flya in "Elle veut". He was famous for "J'irai cracher sur ta tombe" with Disiz la Peste.
In 2009, Taïro released his own debut studio album Chœurs et Âme. The track "Mama" was dedicated to his mother and her sacrifices for him.
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