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  • August Darnell and Adriana Kaegi performing as Kid Creole and the Coconuts. (Photo: John Rynski)
    August Darnell and Adriana Kaegi performing as Kid Creole and the Coconuts. (Photo: John Rynski, courtesy of dis COMPANY)

    Kid Creole & The Coconuts, one of the best live bands ever, have embraced the current NFT craze by releasing a 30 second digital art piece “Got to be a Man.”

    The group’s founders, August Darnell and Adriana Kaegi say that this is the beginning of a new collaboration in an exciting new space.

    Kaegi, creator of the band’s quirky dance moves and the original Coconut, exited the band in the ’90s, and became a pioneer in streaming media.

    Her first ever multimedia live webcast series, “Cyber Cabaret” was at the Knitting Factory, and she now owns a media company (ADDY.Media).

    She’s actively producing premium, video content for distributors and her companies’ channel www.Styleculture.tv.

    Kaegi had the foresight to document her journey with the band and knew she would one day make a documentary film, which is now available on Vimeo entitled “Kid Creole and My Coconuts.”

    When Darnell sent her a live recording he was especially excited about, Adriana immediately got inspired to create this digital art piece.

    “Got to be a Man.” features August’s ad-ib and groove, with her video archives of dance moves.

    The band.

    The initial drop of “Got to be a Man” is one of many collaborations to come that will share special never-before-released magical visual and musical moments.

    Darnell was the bass player and lyricist of “Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band,” which was nominated for a Grammy in 1976.

    He soon went on to form his own band, Kid Creole & The Coconuts, together with Coati Mundi and Kaegi. The band soon gained cult status among the hipster crowd in downtown New York, as well as international fame in Europe and elsewhere.

    In the early ’80s the band was a staple at clubs like Hurrah and The Ritz (owned by the late Jerry Brandt).

    Though their original recordings were on the late-great ZE label, Seymour Stein signed them to Sire Records, and helped them gain a huge following in Europe.

    Its music incorporates a variety of styles and influences, in particular a mix of disco and Latin American, Caribbean and ’40s-era big band sounds, popularized by Cab Calloway and others.

    Kaegi’s artistic roots go back to the time she served as choreographer and costume designer of the Coconuts.

    The band released 14 albums (including their much-acclaimed debut album Off The Coast Of Me, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. (Prince wrote and recorded a track for them called “The Sex of It”).

    The group also won a Brit Award for Best International Live Act.

    A new Kid Creole album will be coming out later this month on 2C2C Records.

    Check out the video below.