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The brothers KONGOS—Johnny, Jesse, Dylan, and Danny—have music in their blood. Their South African/British father, John Kongos, landed multiple chart hits in the seventies, and the boys picked up instruments at a young age. Now, they're continuing that musical legacy.

Growing up in London and Johannesburg, they ultimately settled in their mother's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, where the band was officially formed in 2003. KONGOS began playing shows and recording, eventually releasing their self-titled debut album in 2007. Completely self-contained, they write, produce, engineer and mix their music as well as direct all of their own music videos.

After years of touring, emailing labels, agents, radio stations and management companies, the brothers got their first break in 2011 when "I'm Only Joking" became a radio smash in South Africa, followed by multiple top 40 hits from their second album "Lunatic", including “Come With Me Now” which would go on to put KONGOS on the map in the United States and worldwide in 2014. The group became unanimously recognized as one of rock’s most infectious and invigorating new voices as the track went RIAA double-platinum for sales in excess of 2 million. It occupied the #1 spot at Alternative Radio for five weeks, marking the quickest ascent to the top by a new band in history. They spent the following 2 years on tour all over the world.

In 2016 they returned with "Egomaniac", scoring another top ten Alternative hit with "Take It From Me" and have since had their music heard everywhere with placements by HBO, FX, CNN, NBC Sports, ESPN, NFL, The Expendables 3, Universal Studios, Dodge Ram, Samsung Galaxy, American Idol, The Originals, MTV Movie Awards, Playstation 4 and more.  Their videos have been viewed over 100 million times: http://smarturl.it/CWMNvideo. They’ve hit the stage on Late Night With Seth MeyersJimmy Kimmel LIVE!The Today Show and more and received acclaim from Rolling StoneUSA Today, and many others.

2018 has seen an explosion of creativity from the band with an upcoming new album, “1929”, and an 8-part documentary series, “Bus Call”, which follows their story and gives a compelling and realistic window into life on tour. The brothers also host a weekly podcast, “The Front Lounge”, where they discuss music, ideas and more with guests that include other musicians, artists, touring professionals and entrepreneurs.

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10.11.19//The KONGOS Brothers Return With New Record 1929: Part 2

The KONGOS Brothers Return With New Record 1929: Part 2




The Los Angeles Group Debut New Songs on USA Fall Tour with Fitness


 Los Angeles, CA -   The KONGOS Brothers are back with the second record in their trilogy, 1929: Part 2. The impressive full-length album is packed with the same kind of catchy lyrics, complex melodies and top-notch musicianship that listeners heard on Part 1, released in January. Few artists can boast the level of success that KONGOS have found in the last few years. From their certified double multi-platinum single, "Come With Me Now," to their multiple alternative hits and nearly 1.3 million monthly Spotify streams, KONGOS has had an incredible career thus far. 1929: Part 2 is available now for download and streaming across all digital media platforms worldwide.








Recorded at Tokoloshe Studios in Los Angeles, the band took a new approach to releasing their latest album. "After looking at streaming analytics, we realized that the entire system has never been more geared toward individual tracks," explains Johnny Kongos. "It didn't make sense to release an album all at once and have the majority of the songs overlooked by the 'algorithm overlords.' We wanted each song to be featured in some way, so we decided to release one single at a time, finally culminating in the full album." This release plan allowed the band to connect with their fans each week. It also gave the tracks their own time to shine, including fan favorites such as "Western Fog," the album's lead single that focuses on internal conflict, "Fools," a track about combating your fears, the electric pulsating song, "Push," and their unreleased catchy, rock single, "In My Chest." The KONGOS brothers all contribute to the songwriting process, taking turns singing the lead vocals in accordance with who wrote the song. "1929: Part 2 for us is an exciting cross section of the direction that each individual member is taking, as well as the band as a whole."

The four KONGOS brothers - Johnny, Jesse, Dylan, and Danny - had their first official show sixteen years ago in 2003, but have been playing together longer than they can remember.  The brothers learned how to master several instruments at a young age from their father, John Kongos and have lived all around the world from Johannesburg, South Africa, to London, to Phoenix, and now Los Angeles. Their years of practice, writing, and touring have led to a multi-platinum certification for their hit single, "Come With Me Now," sync placements on commercial campaigns for HBO, CNN, ESPN, NFL, Universal Studios, Samsung Galaxy, American Idol, MTV Movie Awards, and PlayStation 4, appearances on Late Night With Seth MyersJimmy Kimmel LIVE!, and The Today Show, and press in major publications like Rolling Stone, USA Today and more.

1929: Part 2 is the second installment of a three-album trilogy. Early versions of the songs can be heard in the band's 8-part docuseries about life on the road, Bus Call, available on Amazon Prime.  In support of the record, KONGOS have embarked on a fall tour with supporting acts, Fitness (the electro-pop duo featuring ex-members of AWOLNATION and Eve 6) and YIP YOPS. Tour dates and tickets are available at KONGOS.com/shows1929: Part 2 is now available to download and stream across all digital media platforms worldwide. Keep up with the band by visiting KONGOS.com.

07.09.19//The KONGOS Brothers Return With New Single "Western Fog"

The KONGOS Brothers Return With New Single "Western Fog"




Los Angeles Rockers Take Summer By Storm With Announcement of New Album, "1929: Part 2" and Fall Tour 










Los Angeles, CA -   The KONGOS brothers have lived all around the world from Johannesburg, South Africa, to London, to Phoenix and now Los Angeles.  Because of their years of travel, they have a profound ability to construct music that digs into the heart of human existence.  Their music is the needle and their lyrics are the thread.  Their new single, "Western Fog," succeeds in continuing that legacy.  With drums and bass that feel straight out of The Breakfast Club, and a guitar/vocal combo that emits refreshing, 90's alternative air, "Western Fog" bridges two decades together in three and a half minutes.  The single is now available worldwide on all digital platforms.

The KONGOS brothers all contribute to the songwriting process and take turns singing the lead vocals according to who wrote the song. The band's latest single, written by Dylan Kongos, focuses on internal conflict. "'Western Fog' is about the unforgiving heaviness we feel at certain times in our lives," Dylan explains. "Learning how to truly love and sharing that with someone in need, can lift us out of the mire." "Western Fog" balances the vulnerability in its confessions with a buoyant tempo. Coming off of the January release of their album, 1929: Part 1, the KONGOS Brothers are not taking breaks; "Western Fog" is the first single off of 1929: Part 2.

The four KONGOS brothers had their first official show sixteen years ago in 2003, but have been playing together longer than they can remember.  The brothers learned how to master several instruments at a young age from their father, John Kongos.  Their years of practice, writing, and touring have led to a multi-platinum certification for their hit single, "Come With Me Now," sync placements on commercial campaigns for HBO, CNN, ESPN, NFL, Universal Studios, Samsung Galaxy, American Idol, MTV Movie Awards, and PlayStation 4, appearances on Late Night With Seth MyersJimmy Kimmel LIVE!,and The Today Show, and press in major publications like Rolling Stone, USA Todayand more.

"Western Fog" is the first single off of the KONGOS brothers upcoming album, 1929: Part 2, due out on October 1st. Complementing the album release will be a fall tour that kicks off on the same day in Tulsa, OK with supporting act, Fitness. Tour dates and tickets are available at KONGOS.com/shows. "Western Fog" is available to stream and download on all digital platforms.  Keep up with the band by visiting KONGOS.com.



01.18.19//Multi-Platinum Band KONGOS Release 4th Studio Album

Multi-Platinum Band KONGOS Release 4th Studio Album




KONGOS Return With “1929: Part 1” and New Tour 










Los Angeles, CA – Few artists can boast the level of success that KONGOS have found in the last few years. From their certified double multi-platinum single, “Come With Me Now,” to their multiple alternative hits and nearly 1.5 million monthly Spotify streams, KONGOS has had an incredible career thus far. Their latest album, 1929: Part 1 is an impressive full-length album that is packed with the same kind of catchy lyrics, complex melodies and top-notch musicianship that listeners would expect from one of the fastest growing alternative rock bands in the world. 1929: Part 1 is available now to stream and download on digital music platforms worldwide.

Although some fans describe KONGOS’ sound as a combination of Tame Impala and Kings of Leon, most people will agree that their musical counterparts are hard to pinpoint. The main reason for this is their unique approach to songwriting and instrumentation, both of which contribute to the creation of a sound that’s entirely their own. Their newest album showcases this phenomenon in an incredibly tangible way. Filled with lyrical prowess, melodic complexity and a visceral musicality, 1929: Part 1 is the result of a major creative undertaking. As the title somewhat implies, it will be the first of three albums to be released by the band in 2019. From this venture, songs like “Pay For The Weekend” emerge, a track that encompasses the album’s themes fully. “It’s about the up and the down and how they can’t exist without each other,” explains Jesse Kongos. “There’s nothing like coming down from a big weekend to remind you that maybe today or maybe some time down the line, the effect of every cause will eventually play out and start the cycle all over again.”  Other songs like “Something New,” “I Am Not Me” and “Keep Your Head” showcase the band’s energy and are sure to be fan favorites. 1929: Part 1 is the follow up to their previous albums, Egomaniac (2016), Lunatic (2012), and Kongos (2007).

Made up of four brothers, KONGOS is the result of a lifetime of musical passion. From learning several instruments at a young age, to accepting multi-platinum certification for an original song, it’s been an exciting musical journey for this foursome. Their music has been featured in a number of major commercial campaigns for HBO, CNN, ESPN, NFL, Universal Studios, Samsung Galaxy, American Idol, MTV Movie Awards, PlayStation 4 and many more. They’ve appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Today Show and have received acclaim from Rolling Stone, USA Today, and many others.

All of the tracks from the album were featured in Bus Call - Life On Tour, an 8 part-documentary series the band released in 2018. KONGOS are currently touring the United States and Canada in support of the record. Tour dates and tickets are available at KONGOS.com/shows1929: Part 1 is available on digital music platforms now. To keep up with the band, visit KONGOS.com.