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Once Upon a Cassette


Yes, it’s true. Guilty as charged! I am what is commonly referred to as a HORDER! I horde things. I collect things. And the lesson I force-feed my children has always been – DOCUMENT EVERYTHING! When the Coronavirus curtailed my freedom of movement, I decided to explore my cellars and lofts. That is where I found thousands of my cassettes that have followed me on every journey I have ever made (and that’s a whole lot of mileage). They were just sitting there, still looking good, just waiting to be cared for again! Since the dreaded pandemic had made me a prisoner in my own home, I decided to use the time to listen to each and every cassette! That became my MISSION IMPOSSIBLY POSSIBLE! Thus was born ONCE UPON A CASSETTE, a collection of ditties and Darnellian witticisms never heard before. I now present you with Volume 1. I hope my attention span allows me to create at least one hundred more! In fact we are attempting to release one volume a month until we’re over and done. And then in time for Christmas, we shall be offering a number of volumes available for purchase in tangible form. Pow to the Nth degree, guys and dolls!

Hey, remember the Wizard who said, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”? Well, here’s my take on that: Always ignore that demand, from Wizards and Fools. Peel back all curtains. Be entertained. Be shocked. Be transformed. Be embarrassed.
I dare you. In fact, I double-dare you!

August Darnell


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TRACK 9 Good Morning Mr. Sunshine
Circa 1970 / Lead Vocal: Shep Coppersmith
The band was just called ‘Savannah Band’ back then. August Darnell had been an English Teacher in Hempstead Long Island. His students called him Mr. Sunshine. He decided to write a song about that chapter of his life. Voila.

TRACK 13 Sooner or Later
Circa 1974 / Lead Vocal: Billy Dorsey / Background Vocals: Stony Browder Jr., August Darnell, Cory Daye
Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band recorded this track in Manhattan. This song evolved into Call Me the Entertainer. Kid Creole and the Coconuts then covered this track on the album Doppelganger.

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                      NEW ARTIST SIGNED TO 2C2C MUSIC – Tchengiz


Tchengiz is eagerly anticipating the release of his debut single ‘Right Here’ on September 21st.

Singer/songwriter Tchengiz, 23, from London, has always dreamed of becoming a successful recording artist. From the young age of 8 when his father bought him his first guitar, and he couldn’t put it down, he always knew music would play a huge part in his life. His vocal sound has been compared to Robin Thicke and he is heavily influenced by Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake. He has been playing venues around London for the last few years, with his biggest accomplishment to date playing alongside an array of big name artists for a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse.

Written and produced by Tchengiz himself, the single ‘Right Here’ was mixed by Executive Producer August Darnell of Kid Creole and the Coconuts fame. Darnell, along with his partner Eva Tudor-Jones and Peter Schott (both from the Creolian family) are the co-founders of the indie label 2C2C Music to which Tchengiz is signed. With all their years of experience in the music business and the fresh new talents of Tchengiz, this is sure to be a winning formula.

Along with the single comes a fabulous and cool introductory music video shot by Zoey Henderson in trendy Copenhagen where the single was mixed by engineer Lars Nissen at Moremax Studios. The video was cut and edited by Lewis Knaggs of LSK Films.

‘Right Here’ will be available for Pre-Order on iTunes from September 14th with a worldwide release on September 21st. Available on all major outlets including Apple Music and Spotify, you will also find the video on Tchengiz’s Vevo channel and of course his YouTube channel.

PRE-ORDER your copy today

Get on this, Right Here!

Photo credit: Zoey Henderson


Instagram: @Tchengiz

Facebook: @tchengiz

Twitter: Tchengiz

YouTube channel: Tchengiz

Label: 2C2C Music

Management: Tudor-Jones Mgmt CONTACT

Marciac France

Marciac France

New date added!

Kid Creole and the Coconuts will be headlining at Jazz in Marciac festival on August 11th in Gers, South West France.

Click here for more information and for tickets: Jazz in Marciac

Tickets start at €20 and go up to €70. The band will be gracing the stage for a full live show at 23.00.

The lineup: 
August Darnell - the Kid
Sarah McGrath - Coconut
Roos Van 'Awesome' Rossum - Coconut
Charlotte De Graaf - Coconut
Barnaby Dickinson - trombone
George Hogg - trumpet
Tim Vine - keyboards
Jamie McCredie - guitar
Oroh Angiama - bass
Dave Imby - drums

Unclassifiable, this is how we can talk about the kind of music of Kid Creole & the Coconuts. The composition of this group of the 80s has changed dramatically over the years, we will mainly remember its leader August Darnell. Thomas August Darnell Browder, or simply August Darnell was born inthe Bronx where he grew up, New York bathing in the multiplicity of cultures and getting acquainted with many kinds of music. At the end of the 70s, Andy Hernandez and August Darnell together set up the group Kid Creole and the Coconuts accompanied by many musicians. The group is not long to  talk about it with the release of their first single "Maladie d'amour" in 1980. The first album,  "Off the coast of me" arrives the same year with thirteen titles. A year later, they return with  "Fresh fruit in foreign places" a kind of musical travel diary with twelve titles. Follows then   "Tropical gangsters" who arrives at the 3rd place of the UK Albums Chart. In 1983, Kid Creole &   the Coconuts released "Doppelganger" with titles such as "The lifeboat party" or "Broadway rhythm". With Kid Creole And The Coconuts, the cocktail of soul-calypso-rock and self-deprecating rhythmsfinds its happiest expression, with the luscious presence of the delightful Coconuts.

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40 summers young this summer

What are forty birthday candles compared with the fireworks that light up Marciac every summer? If you drew the equation with the true length of the festival over four decades of thrills, then you would have 600 nights at the least, plus as many days of jubilation and, for good measure, almost 6,000 raised curtains, enough to wear out more than one national theatre… By way of a ruby anniversary marking its fidelity to a genre in music that recognizes how much it owes to the Gers village, Jazz in Marciac is rewriting its pastoral symphony in rhythm this year. Everyone — Mayor, godfathers, maids of honour, best men, bridesmaids and witnesses — will be raining confetti over the finest parade ever held.  First in line, in terms of protocol, are those that we listen to come rain or come shine: Norah Jones, the priestess with the voice of a healer, returns to jazz; George Benson is synonymous with scat and guitar in unison; Herbie Hancock is a keyboard geek and the vehicle for 60 years of jazz, all trends combined… In the seats reserved for the faithful we have: Roy Hargrove, the worthy narrator of forms inherited from bebop; Stanley Clarke, at the summit of his virtuoso double bass (and his brazen slap electric instrument); Biréli Lagrène, the expert climber roping down from every peak of inspiration that takes his fancy… And Joshua Redman, whose civilized manners hide a sense of freedom and purpose that his father would certainly have endorsed. And then we naturally come to our close family, gathered together under the protective wings of Wynton Marsalis, every one of whose contributions to Marciac has been duly notarized as authentic. The Latin cousins are coming too, bringing their dances and that Afro-Cuban legitimacy without which the festival would have to relinquish its exotic, heterogeneous and xenophile share in culture: Chucho Valdès and Roberto Fonseca feel at home there. Turbulent youngsters rightfully have their seats too: Emile Parisien (who has improvised a second birthplace for himself right here in Marciac on the benches of a school); Vincent Peirani, an accordionist whose intriguing ubiquity speaks volumes for him; Electro Deluxe and Panam Panic, retro and modern at the same time, they are seekers and finders of groove. Finally, all anniversaries have surprises: what statements are the Labèque Sisters going to make from behind a piano peppered with Basque percussion? Or Henri Texier, a totem of the double bass, lyrical and libertarian, giving Manu Katché the keys of the metronome? Today more than ever, the festival has taken up its summer quarters in every corner of the village: in Town Hall square to set the jazz tempo for the day; at the Astrada, the cosy concourse where established artists (and promises already kept) will be showing the most intimate aspects of their talents. And here and there, in the back of a bar, jazz will be spreading its ephemeral eternity. Forty candles. And the flame is still there. Forty young summers making this particular summer worth the wait for everyone…

Cavalaire Sur Mer

Cavalaire Sur Mer

We are excited to announce Kid Creole and the Coconuts will be performing in Cavalaire Sur Mer at Les Rendez-vous l’ete.

Date: Wednesday July 25th, 2018 at 21.30
Venue: Esplanade Ste Estelle, Cavalaire Sur Mer, France

Who has not already hummed the melodies of this crazy band of the 80’s where salsa mixes with disco on jazzy influences… A very visual and rhythmic concert that will delight all generations. The evening commences at 8.30 pm.

For more information CLICK HERE

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ABC tour

ABC tour

The ABC tour……….

Whoever came up with the idea of putting ABC and KID CREOLE on the same stage is a genius.

abc tour

The ABC tour was a great success.

Returning to Manchester was a blast, since I used to live there 1000 years ago. And the same for Sheffield. I used to live there, too. And London … hey I used to live there, as well. Yes, I’m a New Yorker who has spent a lot of time in England. Hey, in the United Kingdom, to be sure.

The tour: Manchester, Liverpool, London, Birmingham, Bristol, York, Sheffield, Gateshead and Nottingham; All cities that Kid Creole has, at one time or another in a long and varied career,  performed in before. But so very nice to revisit.

I’ve known Martin Fry since the glorious 80’s. A true gentleman and a true survivor, much like myself. And he still sounds as wonderful as he did in the beginning. ABC still rocks.

My longevity? Much of it is due to the guys and dolls who surround me on that stage.

This time around, for the ABC tour, we had Barnaby Dickinson on Trombone  (he’s been with me for over 16 years), George Hogg on Trumpet (off and on for 5 years), Dave Imby on Drums (a 9 year veteran), Oroh Angiama on Bass (over 8 years), Lorne Ashley on Guitar (my son, who has just joined the band this year), Mike Gorman on Keys ( over 8 years), and …. the fabulous COCONUTS, of course.

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The COCONUTS = Sarah McGrath (who we met in Bosnia in 1998), Roos Van Awesome (over 3 years) and Charlotte De Graaf (the newcomer, who joined the band last year).  Charlotte replaced the longest standing Coconut in the history of the band, Eva Tudor-Jones (who took a leave of absence to have a Coconut baby). We all miss Eva’s presence on stage.  But she is still very involved in the business end of things.

Trivia: Charlotte celebrated her 27th birthday while on the road, in York. Who said “youth is wasted on the young”? I disagree, vehemently.

I mention these names because the KCC SHOW would not be as magnificent as it is without these talented musicians and singers and dancers. Every true bandleader knows that the secret to greatness depends on the simple act of assembling the correct players. I have been constantly blessed with the correct players.

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One should also note, that besides the players on stage there are a whole lot of other people involved in a tour. My sincere gratitude goes out to the ABC staff, who made the whole thing enjoyable from start to finish. Their monitor man made each show a breeze for me. I could hear every instrument and every voice, including my own. That’s no joke. Every lead singer will tell you that the greatest danger on tour is the possibility of straining your voice. But from the first show I knew I was in good hands. You see, I am still old-school. I use stage monitors, not the in-ear gadgets that shut out the universe. And that means I need a sound man who knows what he is doing at the helm. I got that.

My 2 KCC guys who travelled with us were perfect also: Andy and Eric. Andy, our backline tech guy, made sure the stage was always ready for the groove. And Eric, our house engineer, made sure that what the audience heard was what I wanted them to hear – the goodness!

Our set was only 45 minutes in length but those 45 minutes were filled with magical grooves and banter and joyful appreciation from fans, old and new. We played CAROLINE WAS A DROP-OUT, DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS, STOOL PIGEON, NO FISH TODAY and ANNIE, I’M NOT YOUR DADDY which, on some nights, got audience members up and dancing the conga. I consider this a major feat, because the venues were all sit-down affairs.

All in all, we had a funky good time.

Another great memory is born in the eternal legend of Kid Creole and the Coconuts.


August Darnell


Here’s a link to a wonderful write up from Graham Clark for the Yorkshire Times





ABC’s XYZ U.K. tour – London Palladium

ABC’s XYZ tour comes to the London Palladium Theater

The XYZ tour continues at the London Palladium Theater on Saturday November 4th.

For tickets click here: TICKETS


Following an incredible 12 months including a critically acclaimed new album and nationwide sell out shows, ABC have announced a brand new UK tour for November performing all their greatest hits.  This new full band show will also see them being joined by non-other than Kid Creole and The Coconuts.

Of the new tour Martin Fry said: “ Here’s an opportunity to open up the ABC songbook and journey through all the hits. Lexicon to Lexicon. ABC to XYZ. See you there. ”

ABC were formed in Sheffield in the 1980’s when they decided they wanted fuse the world of disco funk with their own unique post punk vision.  ABC’s debut album ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ (‘82) went to No 1 and sold over a million records.  To date ABC have released 8 studio albums: ‘The Lexicon Of Love’ (’82), ‘Beauty Stab’ (’83), ‘How To Be A Zillionaire’ (’85), ‘Alphabet City’ (’87), ‘Up’ (’89), ‘Abracadabra’ (’91), ‘Skyscraping’ (’97) and ‘Traffic’ (’08). A mere 34 years since the release of their landmark debut album ABC returned with their resounding triumph “The Lexicon Of Love II’ which immediately entered into the top 5.

Joining the tour as special guests Kid Creole and The Coconuts who for over 35 years has been entertaining music lovers around the world. Kid Creole And The Coconuts was born out of the burning embers of the brilliant and trailblazing Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band.

Born in the Bronx (New York), August Darnell (the Kid) is a man of multiple cultures, inclinations and personalities. His love of the big band tradition is evident: he travels with 10 musicians who all share his love of the ultimate musical tapestry. Their live shows have become the stuff of legend. ‘Annie I’m not your Daddy’, ‘Stool Pigeon’, ‘I’m a Wonderful thing, Baby’, ‘Endicott’, ‘My Male Curiosity’ and many more memorable tunes are guaranteed to make you shake your body. On joining the tour Kid Creole said:

“When I listen to the music of ABC, I am reminded of good times and delicious poison arrows. It is an honor to share the stage with Martin Fry. Music lovers, get ready for a funky good time! Hachachacha!”



ABC’s XYZ Tour announcement

XYZ tour announcement

Tour announcement!!!! We are very excited to announce that Kid Creole and the Coconuts will be appearing as Special Guests on ABC’s XYZ tour this coming November.
Martin Fry, August Darnell and their bands will be coming to a venue near you as they travel up and down the U.K. playing some fabulous venues.
Tickets go on sale this coming Friday when the link will be active

For tickets you can call: 0844 811 0051 / 0844 826 2826

For VIP packages go to














ABC are an English new wave and synth-pop band that formed in Sheffield in 1980. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Martin Fry, keyboardist and guitarist Mark White, saxophonist Stephen Singleton and drummer David Palmer.

ABC developed from an earlier band, Vice Versa, and established themselves as part of the New Romantic movement, with Fry being famed for his gold lamé suit. Their 1982 debut album, The Lexicon of Love, was a UK number-one and they achieved ten UK and five US Top 40 hit singles between 1981 and 1990. The band, now essentially singer Fry solo, continue to tour and released their ninth studio album, The Lexicon of Love II, in 2016.

A few words from the Kid about the upcoming tour…..

“When I listen to the music of ABC, the look of love comes upon my face. I am reminded of good times and delicious poison arrows. It is an honor to share the stage with Martin Fry and the lads. The New Wave will always be New. Music lovers, get ready for a funky good time! Hachachacha!”

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Special Guests for Culture Club at Wembley

Kid Creole with Culture Club at The SSE Arena Wembley, London

Kid Creole and the Coconuts are very excited to announce they will be performing as Special Guests For Culture Club’s only UK date December Wednesday 14th at The SSE Arena Wembley, London

Click here for event info:

Tickets on sale now! Call the venue on 0844 815 0815
go to or call 0844 249 2222

More information about the event here:$8786466&affiliate=3AE


One of the biggest bands of the ‘80s is back AND with the original line-up, playing their only UK show this year on Wednesday 14 December at The SSE Arena Wembley.

The overwhelming excitement and outstanding rave reviews garnered on their world tour have driven the group to announce a homecoming show in London where the band will perform favourites from their albums including Kissing to Be Clever and Colour By Numbers, as well as their latest album Tribes.

Known for dominating the charts worldwide with their classic hits including ‘Karma Chameleon’, ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me’ and ‘I’ll Tumble 4 Ya’. There is not a country in the world that doesn’t know the names of Boy George and Culture Club. The Grammy Award winners have sold in excess of 100 million singles and over 50 million albums, and were one of the biggest pop bands of the 1980s.

They achieved seven straight Top 10 hits in the UK, nine Top 10 singles in the USA and nine Top 20 singles in Australia. They had number 1 singles in over a dozen countries and multiplatinum album sales across the world, and were the first group since The Beatles to have three Top Ten hits in America from a debut album. They were also the first group in music history to have an album certified diamond in Canada. The original band line-up is Mike Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Jon Moss (drums and percussion) and flamboyant front-man Boy George (lead vocals)

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New LIVE album

New live album…………….THIS IS IT

Guys and dolls of all ages and persuasions, this is it.

Finally, the legendary KID CREOLE has launched his first official LIVE ALBUM.

Hallelujah! Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the Music!

The Banana Boat is filled with jubilation and satisfaction.

The name of the album? It’s KID CREOLE LIVE AT THE B-SPOT.

Why? KID CREOLE and his merry band of COCONUTS played 2 hot-to-trot concerts at a club called the B-SPOT on the French Riviera in 2014.

When THE MAN with the permanent tan and the tilted fedora and the two-toned shoes heard the recordings, he exclaimed “Damn, that shit is funky!”

Hear then, oh music lovers, the true documentation of a powerful live band at the height of their exalted reign. Long live the King.

LIVE AT THE B-SPOT is a double CD: almost 2 hours of in-your-face rhythm and blues and funk and calypso and soca and reggae and salsa and pop and good old rock and roll.

Plus, we have added a bonus track: a surprisingly honest remix of STOOL PIGEON, done by that cunning new upstart who calls himself YOUNGR

Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway, if you are a CREOLIAN FAN, or just a person who appreciates real music played by real people, this album is a must-have in your collection.

The release date is December 14th, 2016. And it’s a limited edition, so hurry up!

Pre-order now and shout out loud: HACHACHACHA!

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The double CD will be available for purchase at Wembley Arena, London on Wednesday December 14th where the band will be supporting Culture Club’s only UK tour date.





July 23rd, Kid Creole and the Coconuts will be performing at Chelmsford Racecourse, UK for their Summer Nights with the internationally renowned Buena Vista Social Club from Havana.

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The Summer Nights music continues with our spectacular Open Air Festival over three nights at Chelmsford City Racecourse. Thursday 21st July sees Classical superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE performing a selection of famous show tunes, backed by the National Symphony Orchestra. Katherine has performed for The Pope, Presidents and Royalty; indeed, she is the only artist confirmed by request to perform at Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday celebration in May 2016.

The following evening (Friday 22nd July) sees three iconic 80s acts visit the Racecourse. Rick Astley, Paul Young & Toyah Wilcox arrive in Chelmsford for an evening of classic pop tunes that are guaranteed to get you dancing! The eclectic mix of music continues on Saturday 23rd, as the Buena Vista Social Club and Kid Creole and The Coconuts close the Open Air Festival in lively fiesta style!