miloe is the musical project of Bobby Kabeya, a 19-year old artist based in Minneapolis. Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bobby was raised by musical parents who met through the church choir during college and taught him to play the piano at the age of six. His childhood home was filled with the sounds of influential Congolese artists Papa Wemba and Lokua Kanza, South African reggae legend Lucky Dube, and Western luminaries Bob Marley, Mariah Carey, and Lionel Ritchie.

When he was eight years old Bobby traveled over 7,000 miles with his mother and three younger brothers to reunite with their father, a journalist who was granted asylum in Minneapolis three years prior. Once in the US, Bobby began to pick up more instruments through the local art and after-school programs, eventually beginning to jam with friends outside of school in his early teens.

In 2017 miloe was officially formed, building a local fanbase through high-energy basement shows with a seamless blend of indie-pop and rumba folk. His self-titled EP was released in 2017, followed by singles "Motorola" and "Everything (That Should Go)". The follow-up Greenhouse EP, released in October 2020, feels energetic and youthful, possessing lyrics that aren’t afraid to lean into teenage melodrama and idealism. The lead single "Winona" is rooted in bedroom pop, interwoven with influences of Congolese finger-picking guitar style and '80s synth-pop elements. The follow-up single "Change Your Mind also" references retro Congolese progressions, with harmonies influenced by '90s RnB from the Western world.

“The Minnesotan climate can feel so limiting compared to where I grew up, almost like we’re waiting half the year to actually live our lives. I created this Greenhouse EP to provide a nice contrast to those sluggish seasons.” Living in a region that faces harsh winter for much of the year, and in 2020 served as ground zero for uprisings against police violence, it was important to Bobby that he provided some sunshine for his community to hold onto.

Past Shows


Apr
3
rd
2022
First Avenue
Apr
3
rd
2022
First Avenue

Golden Smog

featuring Jeff Tweedy, Gary Louris, Dan Murphy, Kraig Johnson, Marc Perlman, and Jody Stephens
with miloe
Jan
29
th
2022
First Avenue
Jan
29
th
2022
First Avenue
Cancelled

The Current's 17th Anniversary Party

featuring Valerie June, The Beths, and Miloe
Jan
22
nd
2022
First Avenue
Jan
22
nd
2022
First Avenue

The Current's 17th Anniversary Party

featuring Low Cut Connie, Jade Bird (solo), Kiss the Tiger, and Miloe
Nov
28
th
2021
First Avenue
Nov
28
th
2021
First Avenue

Beach Bunny

(moved from Fine Line)
with miloe and Why Not
Sep
9
th
2021
7th St Entry
Sep
9
th
2021
7th St Entry

miloe

with papa mbye and bugsy
Apr
5
th
2020
Fine Line
Apr
5
th
2020
Fine Line
Cancelled

The Frights

with The Happy Fits and miloe
Feb
14
th
2020
Mainroom
Feb
14
th
2020
Mainroom

The Suburbs

with miloe and DJ Jake Rudh
Dec
6
th
2019
7th St Entry
Dec
6
th
2019
7th St Entry

Beach Bunny

with lettering, niiice. and miloe

More Shows

Jul
16
th
7th St Entry

Jarren Benton

Jul
5
th
Turf Club

Comeback Kid

with Misery Signals and END
Aug
5
th
First Avenue

Joyce Manor

with Citizen, Prince Daddy & the Hyena and PHONY
Oct
22
nd
Turf Club

The Chills