One of the advantages of being older than dirt is seeing some of your New Times predictions come true. Luckily this one didn't take too long. I anticipated big things for these four brothers from South Africa, who call themselves KONGOS, when I first wrote about them in 2007. So it has been no small pleasure to watch the local gentry continue to amass at their shows and their songs added to stodgy playlists far and near.
Sure people laughed when KONGOS announced they would release a single a month rather than put out a second album. (All right, nobody actually laughed and KONGOS didn't really adhere to that deadline but go with it and it will make the "despite all odds" reveal later in this paragraph seem all the more rewarding. Trust me.) And yet, despite all odds, this strange promotional technique of giving away music month after month, show after show seems to have worked. It has elevated KONGOS to charttoppers in their homeland of...South Africa!
But you knew that. That South Africa was their homeland, I mean. I told you that. Way back in paragraph one.
In this SPECIAL DIRECT TO YOU VIDCAST™ I visit with KONGOS and chat about this great achievement as well as learn which international pop stars they have trounced in the Top 10. SPECIAL DIRECT TO YOU VIDCAST BONUS™ -- watch the fratellos four whip through a blistering LIGHTNING ROUND™, not for the faint of heart.
In part two, we talk even more with KONGOS as they play the single that started this new round of success for them, "It's a Good Life." I would like say that they play this song acoustically but that's not strictly true (damn you Danny, Dylan, and them electrical gee-tars)! Plus, MTV still holds a claim on that "unplugged" word, even though it only refers to Snooky's hair dryer now.
So, instead may we present to you --KONGOS: BLUNTER THAN EVER BEFORE™!
Kongos are scheduled to perform Friday, October 21 at Yucca Tap Room on Friday, October 21.
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