Kokoroko Take Us Through The Winding Waterways Of Makoko In "RAPT" Video

Kokoroko Take Us Through The Winding Waterways Of Makoko In "RAPT" Video

March 03, 2023

Kokoroko have been at the forefront of London's nu jazz wave for some years now, yet their newly released video for "RAPT" is the first visual they've ever released. Directed by Akinola Davies Jr, the seven-minute short film brings three Kokoroko songs—"Ewà Inú", "Home", and "Age Of Ascent" (all from their latest album Could We Be More)—to the visual plane.

The band themself describe "RAPT" as the re-imagining of "the music as a soundtrack to a triptych of interconnected stories set in Makoko, sometimes known as 'the Venice of Africa.'" The community was originally settled by fishermen over a hundred years ago by emigres from Benin, but they've been excluded from official census records and live under the constant threat of demolition. The short film is beautifully shot, giving full view of the vibrancy and fullness of life enjoyed in an area off the coast of Lagos that is continuously overlooked and disrespected.

As a first official video, "RAPT" is a debut that's as stunning as it is crucial. The level of effort and care speaks volumes about why it's maybe taken Kokoroko so long to release a visual. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long for the next.

Words: Dwayne Wilks
Photography: Vicky Grout