Doko Benjo

Doko Benjo

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandRockFunk

An energetic 8 piece Rock/ Funk band featuring female/ male vox, a horn section, bass, guitars, drums. Cleaver and catchy songwriting. We have been compared to Poi Dog Pondering and Paul Simon.

Biography

Doko Benjo was formed by a group of friends on a chilly night in November of 2004. From the get go their infectious funky rock grooves impressed fans and critics alike. They have played such venues as House of Blues, The Metro, Double Door, and many festival gigs throughout the midwest.

The songs go beyond the standard 4/4 pop/ rock/funk formula, incorporating more challenging and interesting musical ideas yet remain aurally accessible to an everyday listener.

High energy and upbeat shows are a strongpoint of Doko Benjo. They have opened for Rusted Root, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Robert Randolph and John Mayer, and their latest release has been played on over 50 radio stations.

Lyrics

Fragile

Written By: Cary Kanno and Doko Benjo

Cause baby don't you change
Cause Fire turns to stone
Refused to help me out Its just not your style
I thought we settled this the night we were drinking
I was just tired of thinking
This city is just a place where people can be lonely together

Cause I'm Fragile
Don't get too close to me
I cant even see
I break down
You wore me down

Cause I don't want to help you out
You can scream and shout
I know theres a fire in your eyes
you stare at the sun but you melt the skys

Cause I'm Fragile
Don't get too close to me
I cant even see
I break down
You wore me down

Fat Cat

Written By: Doko Benjo and Cary kanno

It's about this its about that
Its about a chick who lived with a pet rat.
Had a cat it was fat
Got caught rollin round with a big mac
She freaked out had to roll out
got a car hopped in and said peace out
Highway your way
payin tolls when she knows its a freeway
Driving fast had to crash made a big splash
went home made a Big Mac for fat cat
Pet rat had a heart attack
And Ahhhh shes alright
Ahh shes OK
Ahh the fat cat
Ahh the pet rat

Its the feeling she gets when life is a mess
She knows nobody can see
But when she turns around her life
she wonders what it could be

This chick is fixin on faking the funk
Pet rat is working on licking and kicking the junk
Fat cat just wants to get himself some grub
Do his dance and get his belly rubbed
When he's done he dances to the funk
I think pet rat prefers to dance to punk

And Ahhhh shes alright
Ahh shes OK
Ahh the fat cat
Ahh the pet rat

Its the feeling she gets when life is a mess
She knows nobody can see
But when she turns around her life
she wonders what it could be

He kid what you gonna do with that
Your gonna give yourself a heart attack
He kid what you gonna do with this
you better ease on back before you get dismissed.
If you gonna step to this you better go get yourself a guest list
I'll show you what time it is bring in the horns and raise your fists

Get your booty on the floor for me so I can show you how the Doko rocks the melody
Why you lookin at me like this show is a chore so quit all your delaying and get out on the floor.

And Ahhhh shes alright
Ahh shes OK
Ahh the fat cat
Ahh the pet rat

Its the feeling she gets when life is a mess
She knows nobody can see
But when she turns around her life
she wonders what it could be

Discography

Doko Benjo: Kitty Litter; The bands single: "Fat Cat" has received radio play on both Q101 (regular programing, not the local show) and WULW, WRDP, Fearless Radio in Chicago

Full Length LP "Doko Benjo" was released Summer 2008

Doko Benjo - "I Say Disaster" October 2010 - most successful release to date. Played on over 50 radios stations across the country.

Set List

We can play up to a 3 hour set list, and will play a few select covers from time to time (Paul Simon, Sly and the Family, Jamerquoi).