Mostly MN Music with Kokou Kah – theme water for Water is Life

What a delight to have Kokou Kah on the show today. He is on the verge of releasing new material and will be performing in New Richmond (WI) on August 27, Rochester August 31 and September 2 at First Avenue.

We saw Kokou perform at the Best New Bands showcase at First Avenue earlier this year and have been trying to get him on ever since. He brings energy, style and joy to his live performances. He brought a depth to our conversation that was honest and thought-provoking. Originally from Liberia, KoKou told us about growing up as a new American and the obstacles he has overcome. Given his background, he could have a salty point of view, but he has actively chosen to turn away from that option and to work toward building people up – including himself.

KoKou had some thing that will stick with me – helping people find joy increases our security. Happy people will leave you alone. Happy people may lift up others. Kokou shares this in his life, his work with youth and his music.

You can listen to our aspirational playlist on Spotify or check out a list of what we actually played below. (Full disclosure the list is not in order!)

Artist Song Release
Present Company Space Turtle Talking on Couches
Jus Post Bellum Sharp Was the River Bending Oh July
BBGUN Sea/Tac BBGUN
David Huckfelt Everywind Stranger Angels
Hippocampus monsoon
Two Harbors Drowning All the Places We Would Rather Be
Keep for Cheap Fish Piss Bundle
HebbaJebba Goin’ Down to Watertown HebbaJebba
The Jayhawks A Break In the Clouds Smile
Chastity Brown Pouring Rain Silhouette of Sirens
Terry Walsh and 2 A.M. Harriet Harriet
Doug Collins and the Receptionists Two Days of Rain Good Sad News
Nina Luna Storms (Summer in Minnesota) Storms (Summer in Minnesota) – Single
Faux Jean Dream About Sharks The Mongolian Invasion
Courtney Yasmineh The Creek Red Roses and Cowgirl Dreams
David Huckfelt Everywind Stranger Angels
Mother Banjo Water Eyes on the Sky
Christy Merry Peter’s Lullaby here for you – EP
Nova Mob Admiral Of The Sea The Last Days Of Pompeii
Bob Dylan Hurricane (Live at Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA – November 21, 1975 – Evening) The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings

 

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