KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS is celebrating 41 years of musical madness this year.
In the 1970’s the Savannah Band had successfully merged the big band sound of the 1940’s (Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Louis Prima) with the dance floor beat of the disco era.
AugustDarnell (aka The Kid) jumped ship in 1981 and decided to form his own band.
He fused the big band sound with every strain under the sun –calypso, soca, salsa, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, country and western, etc., etc., etc.Kid Creole and the Coconuts thus became pioneers of what became known asmongrel music.
In other words –a delicious but strange potpourri ofUrban Tropicalism!
Enjoying huge success around the world for over 40 years, the band has so far released 15 albums, 7 compilations and 28singles.
To celebrate the band’s 40thAnniversary, KC&Cre-released a special edition of their first studio album ‘Off the Coast of Me’last year.
This year KC&C has just released their latest album entitled ‘Nothin’ Left but the Rest’.
Some critics have already noted that this one is “arguably their best album yet!”
These days theKid has his own record label called 2C2C Music. This is the home for all the band’s new releases. Get involved.