Kojo Rigault

I’m kojo

Love reggae/ and rnb That’s what to expect from his music. He might take an individual genre like R&B / Soul/Soca/ or Dancehall and make a track in that vein. Other times, he’ll offer a fusion of them all. The Trinidad & Tobago-born, London- based singer, who has also lived in New York, is a multifaceted artist likely to go in any number of directions. Discovering that he could also sing, he formed, with some childhood friends, a boy band called New Creation in the mould of vocal groups such as Boys II Men, with a New Jack Swing approach to R&B reminiscent of Jodeci. They appeared on Trinidadian TV talent show Party Time and became an overnight sensation with their a cappella renditions of Boys II Men classics End Of The Road and So Hard To Say Goodbye. Eventually, the group started coming up with their own music, notably their first single, Roll It, penned by Kojo, who was largely responsible for the songwriting. The track caught the attention of the legendary Eddy Grant, which led to recording their first album, Spirits Of Gold, at his Blue Wave Studios in Barbados, for the Tattoo Records label. “We learned a lot from him,” Kojo says of the Electric Avenue hitmaker. “He really pushed us.” New Creation had a No 4 single in the European music video charts and broke into the UK Top 40, winning a best Caribbean R&B group award and scoring a place in Trinidad & Tobago’s history as one of the country’s best known pop groups, having toured and received international recognition. In the early 2000s, Kojo moved to London where he worked behind the scenes in the music industry, as an A&R scout for Craig David’s producer Mark Hill and his Stoosh imprint. Purely by accident, he was convinced to start singing again after an old demo recording of his landed in the hands of Dee Leng, Head of A&R at Jetstar. Leng encouraged Kojo to start writing again and introduced him to reggae producers to create his new sound – a wondrous mix of R&B, reggae and soca. Next, he teemed up with dance producer/remixer K Warren (whose credits include the Booty Remix of Brandy & Monica’s The Boy Is Mine and numerous UK and US artists including Whitney Houston, Emma Bunton, Christina Aguilera, Gabrielle, Maxi Priest, Eternal and Jay Sean/Lil Wayne) and hit songwriter Winston Sela (Maxi Priest, Aswad, Barrington Levy, Sean Paul, Bounty Killer, Shabba Ranks). This collaboration resulted in Loved Up, the first single from Kojo’s forthcoming album, with remixes by Dot Inc (responsible for Shakira/ Sean PaulDavid Guetta remixes). Pictured: Kojo Rigault Photo: www.kojorigault.com /photos “I was given the track by K Warren,” he explains. “Him being of Caribbean origin via Grenada, he just had a vibe for reggae and this was him expressing that vibe through music. “However,” he continues, “with no reggae artist in sight when he originally produced the track, he took the chance to let me write to it as I had a knack for writing and was from Trinidad.” The track then remained on the shelf for a few months until Kojo’s friend and associate Tony Ram heard the production and convinced Kojo that the track had to be released and If no- one would back him up, Tony would. The result is a top ten Music Week chart entry and 7 weeks in the urban charts. “I want to reach people in many ways,” he says, finally. “And I want to make people happy with my music. Following up this success.Kojo then released his follow up single 'Ghetto Girl' which topped the uk urban singles chart getting to number 7. The newest single is called Fahrenheit and releases in June.






What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is my form of release and expression of who I am and what im about,.Its my personal self that nobody gets to know unless I make a recording.

What is your music dream?

Perfoming in front of a millon fans at Glastonbury or Madison square garden.A grammy recognising my work or maybe my whole country enjoying my music.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

A song like getting the world to sing it like'Whats going on', 'Heal the world' or 'We are the world.'

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Eleanor Rigby

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Boyz 2 men, Jodeci, marvin gaye ,Curtis Mayfield, micheal Jackson ,sam cooke, Nat king Cole,Frank Sinatra, New Edition,Bob Marley,Wayne Wonder,112, Beres Hammond,Barrington Levy,

What inspires you to make music?

Life.Struggle,Hard times, pain,Love.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I just want people to have a good time when they hear the songs I make, to understand and feel me when I express my point and hopefully they go where I want to go with my story and enjoy the points I make.i'd like my music to become parts of their lives and that they enjoy it to get them through moments.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I feel energised and im always happy to be in front of a crowd.i give my all.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Musicians are empowered nowadays and if they are smart they could be in charge.The reality is that we are empowered to take charge of our careers If we apply ourselves.royalty payments from streaming need to be improved for us to make a living however.

What do you think of Drooble?

drooble is the solution to our world as musicians,by bringing us together and solving our problems under one roof.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Lack of finance to get projects done.If could afford to do music, i would release a lot more.however with the costs associated I can only afford to release a single per year at present.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

If I enjoy an artists support their work ,go to their gigs and patronise however I can.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

charm, engagement,fun,

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Jethro Sheeran,Iman,Shadow on the Beat,Morrison Ford,