MUSIC: Mo Kolours

by Ayian C.

One of the great things about living in a cultural melting pot like London is getting to meet refreshing and exciting talents like Mo Kolours.

Half-English, half-Mauritian, Mo Kolours produces a rhythmic, tropical cocktail of Sega (Mauritian music), reggae, African and roots, blended with the urban grooves of hip hop, soul, dub and electronica.

There’s something very authentic and infectious about Mo Kolours’ sound. His 2011 release of EP1: Drum Talking on One Handed Music immediately won him praise from Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Benji B.

Mo Kolours’ music has also greatly impressed Gilles Peterson, who invited him to do a Maida Vale session and to perform at the Worldwide Festival in southern France in July. Following that, Mo Kolours will be doing a live show at the Worldwide Session party in London alongside Owiny Sigoma Band.

His second release, EP2: Banana Wine, is available to download for free. What a treat!

Mo Kolours has mentioned that he dreams of living the island life at some point down the line. “But not yet,” he explained, “I still have a few things I want to do. I still have a lot to offer.” Darn right!!!

The UK may not be the island paradise he has in mind, but let’s hope for now that the British Isles provide him with enough inspiration to stay in London and make more music for us a little while longer.

And here’s a brand new remix of “Keep it up” by Claws For?