KONGOS Sign with Epic Records and Will Perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Although 2014 has only just begun, it's already been an epic year for local four-piece rock band KONGOS, and we mean that quite literally.

The South African-born brothers have inked a deal with NYC-based Epic Records and will make an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, March 5. Oh, and they also got some love from Billboard magazine last week, which touted the band via its weekly "Bubbling Under" column pimping up-and-coming acts.

Needless to say, it's a good time to be a member of the Kongos family.

The rock band announced its deal with Epic and the upcoming Kimmel appearance Tuesday on their Facebook page.

"We are very happy to announce that we have signed with Epic Records," the post stated. "It's an honor to join such a legendary roster, and we're thrilled to have LA Reid and the whole Epic crew in our corner!! Can't wait for 'Lunatic' to reach more ears!"

In 2013, KONGOS played some of the biggest shows the Phoenix scene had to offer, such as the Apache Lake and McDowell Mountain music festivals. They also tested the waters on big out-of-state shows like Riot Fest in Denver and went about their business of making their sound reach as far and wide as possible.

Now it's going to be reaching even wider and farther, and not just via their deal with Epic and performance on late-night television.

See also: KONGOS Get Ready to Conquer the East Coast

Earlier this year, KONGOS announced they would play the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, as well as act as direct tour support for The Airborne Toxic Event. Those announcements, combined with their big news Tuesday, definitely say in a big way that KONGOS are headed to the next level as a band.

While musical success is nothing new for the siblings, who already have played and headlined many of South Africa's biggest shindigs, success in the United States is a whole different ball game from success in the smaller market. We're willing to bet they're going to do just fine.

Get ready to start saying you knew KONGOS way back when.

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