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With members hailing from Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Malaysia, Spain and the UK, LAKUTA is a truly global mix of musicians who draw on influences from jazz, funk, soul and world music.
Signed to Tru Thoughts, the ensemble reference a wide range of genres in their writing, blending traditional instruments with a modern, hard-hitting sound.
Tanzanian/ Kenyan vocalist Siggi Mwasote has generated her own unique lyrical style, giving a fresh funk-soul twist to the traditional African aesthetic. Many of the lyrics are written in a mixture of Swahili and English and the unique female-led perspective is communicated passionately through the music. This is particularly reflected in their song Yansan, written about the fate of women and children in Charles Taylor’s Liberia.
Latin Percussionist Cicely Taylor heads up the ensemble and brings a contemporary feel to her writing, whilst acknowledging her musical influences from Hip Hop and Funk and her travels studying and playing music in West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The word LAKUTA is derived from Siggi's mother tongue of Swahili and can be translated as a number of things: as a noun, it translates as 'the walls,' as a verb, it translates as 'to find, meet, share or feel full'.
Following live recordings for Mark Lamarr at BBC Maida Vale studios in 2009, the band toured extensively, headlining stages at The Southbank Centre, Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival and many more. The group released their debut album on The Big Chill label in 2012 to critical acclaim, which reached number one in the World Music Network charts. Their second album, recorded in collaboration with renowned producer Nick Faber and mixed by Matt Foster, is set for release this summer on Tru Thoughts.
With airtime on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, there’s been radio play on Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show, Mark Lamarr’s God’s Jukebox, Russ Dewbury’s Jazz Rooms show and John Warr’s Afrobase show. There have been remixes by Diesler, Nick Faber and Max Mezzowave.