XOXOK (atmospheric soul; Durham, NC) performs live in concert as part of Black Christmas at Rofhiwa - a series of special events to gather in celebration of this most special time of year. Keenan Jenkins (guitar, vocals) is joined by TJ Richardson (bass), Gabriel Reynolds (keys), and Joe MacPhail (drums) to present a suite of songs circling themes of misogynoir, the specter of police violence, and the beauty of Black content. This is an in-person, in store event.
We will offer seating for up to 40 in-person guests, with priority access given to those who RSVP. To RSVP for the in person in store event, send an email to email@example.com. This will ensure that your seat is reserved on the day of the event. Admission is free ($10 donation appreciated).
Keenan Jenkins’ musical career began during his Ph.D. studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he played open mics and local showcases between long days on the third floor of the psychology building. By the time he’d finished his degree, drained and discontent, his musical moonlighting had meanwhile bloomed in full color. He took the cue and dove headfirst into the rich music scene in North Carolina.
Now living in Durham, NC, Jenkins performs as XOXOK. His live performance is a model of intimacy and presence; the vocals float from sweet and delicate to impassioned and full-throated, all delivered with unabashed conviction.
XOXOK’s debut EP Worthy is both a lush soundscape and an exercise in growth. On the opening track, “Nancy, M.D.”, he declares, “I need you / more than your patients will ever need you as their medic”. However, by the final song (the title track, “Worthy”), he has changed his tune: “I don’t need you to love me / I just want to be worthy”.
In 2020, XOXOK released a trio of singles: “Right On”, a meditation on police violence; “I’ll Be Fine”, a soaring hymn of resilience; and “All In”, a swooning song about finding comfort in love.