Origin: South Africa & Scottsdale, AZ
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Kongos (often styled as KONGOS) is a South African-born American alternative rock band consisting of four brothers: Johnny (accordion, keyboards, vocals), Jesse (drums, percussion, vocals), Daniel (guitar, vocals), and Dylan Kongos (bass guitar, lap slide guitar, vocals). They spent their childhoods in the city of London and in South Africa. They compose, record and perform in Phoenix, Arizona, where they have lived since 1996. They graduated from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona and attended Arizona State University. The four men are the sons of recording artist John Kongos. They are of Greek origin and have attended the Greek Sahetischool in Gauteng, South Africa. The film Holy Motors used their song “Come with Me Now” in the official trailer. WWE also used this song as the theme for their 2014 pay-per-view event Extreme Rules. It is also the theme song for the Australian version of reality television series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! since 2015. It is also on the soundtrack to the movie The Expendables 3.
The band’s sophomore album Lunatic was released in 2012. Kongos’s single “I’m Only Joking”, topped various South African charts, including all three of Tuks FM’s charts, and received copious airtime on 5FM and on many other stations in South Africa. The music video for the song debuted on TV 5 on SABC 3 and was in rotation on MKTV. Their second single “Come with Me Now” was in rotation on both 5FM and Tuks FM. The song appeared on the 5FM Top 40 and the Tuks FM Top 30 charts.
In late October 2013, the band self-released Lunatic in the United States. In 2014, both “I’m Only Joking” and “Come with Me Now” began receiving noticeable exposure in the United States, gaining momentum in airplay on radio and being featured in television commercials there. Their song “Come with Me Now” was used as the official theme song for WWE’s pay-per-view event Extreme Rules and in the motion picture The Expendables 3.As a result, the band was signed by Epic Records in late January 2014 and the band re-released Lunatic. “Come with Me Now” had sold more than 70,000 copies as of March 2014, but has since been certified Platinum by the RIAA, signifying sales of more than a million copies.
On March 27th, 2016 KONGOS announced via their newsletter that the next album, Egomaniac, would be released on June 10th, 2016 and that the first single, “Take It From Me,” would see an April 15th premiere.