Kid Creole & The Coconuts
KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS - born out of the red hot embers of DR BUZZARD’S ORIGINAL Savannah Band. 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 etc) with the dance floor beat of the disco era. The Kid fused the big band sound with every strain under the sun - calypso, soca, salsa, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, etc......with a strong accent on Caribbeanism. Kid Creole and the Coconuts thus became pioneers of what became known as mongrel music (also known as Mulatto music or Rainbow music). In other words - a delicious but strange potpourri of goodness.
Kid Creole and The Coconuts had the good fortune of working with movie directors such as Francis Ford Copolla and Taylor Hackford. They have also done collaborations with the likes of Prince, U2 and Barry Manilow. They have done command performances for Princess Diana and President Clinton and they have worked with true giants in the MUSIC BIZ UNIVERSE: Tommy Mottola (who brought Mariah Carey to fame) and Seymour Stein (who brought Madonna to the attention of the world).
What luck! 2007 marked the band’s 26th Anniversary. Survival of the fittest indeed.....not only has the band recorded 15 albums and achieved gold and platinum status in so doing, but they have played countless concerts all over the world and generated a reputation as the one of the greatest shows on earth (the first being Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s 3-Ring Circus, of course).
Their concerts became the stuff of legend: spectacular events full of sexual innuendoes, witticisms, syncopation, theatricality, drama, humor, and most of all passion....Entertainment in the old school sense of the word. The Kid continues to be suave, smooth, self-centered and secure and always graces the stage with a brightly colored Zoot suit, two-toned shoes and a highly energetic performance.
The Coconuts, three dazzling damsels of divine dimension, have little tolerance for the Kid’s egotistical and sexual antics so regularly ridicule him on stage by shaking their hips to taunt him in every way they know how. And when they have had enough they walk right off stage and console themselves by a costume change into an even skimpier, sexier outfit.
KC+C defy description and transcend musical and fashion trends. On stage and on disk they are unmatched in their energy, originality and musical hippiness. They are timeless and unique in every sense of the word. Now the Guys and Dolls are working on their 16th studio album aptly entitled INTRODUCING KID CREOLE AND THE COCONUTS. Indeed, because the beat goes on now and for a whole new generation who were not fortunate enough to experience the goodness the first time around. All aboard - Welcome to the Lifeboat Party - good for all ages!