“PERFECT… I REALLY LOVE THAT!
AMAZING AFROBEAT-INFLUENCED SOUND”
– LAUREN LAVERNE
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Signed to Tru Thoughts, LAKUTA reference a wide range of genres in their writing, blending traditional instruments with a modern, hard-hitting sound.
Headed up by vocalist Siggi Mwasote and Latin percussionist Cicely Taylor, the group draws on influences from jazz, funk, soul and tropical music.

 

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 The 10 track album ‘BROTHERS & SISTERS’, made in collaboration with renowned producer Nick Faber, released on Tru Thoughts in August 2016.
There have been glowing reviews from Blues & Soul magazine, The Guardian and The Independent (see Press).
Album tracks have received airplay on BBC 6 Music from Don LettsLauren Laverne, Craig Charles and Nemone, on BBC Radio 2 via Huey Morgan and Alex Lester, from Julie Adenuga on Apple Music Beats 1 as well as exclusives on FIP (Radio France).
Recent remixes have gained airplay on BBC Radio 1 from Annie Nightingale, The Tom Robinson Show on BBC 6 Music and Gilles Peterson’s WorldwideFM.
The lead track ‘Bata Boy’ was released on Tru Thoughts in July 2016 as an EP package along with remixes from Steve Cobby (Fila Brasilia) and Wrongtom (Tru Thoughts).
The EP was received to critical acclaim across the UK and internationally, particularly in Japan, America and Australia.
The video was premiered on AFROPUNK and the track was featured on the Spotify USA weekly playlist and Bandcamp USA Weekly Radio.
Lauren Laverne included the track in the  ‘People’s Playlist’ on 6 Music, the Dizraeli remix of ‘Bata Boy’ was featured in BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale’s Autumn Statement and Best of 2016 Radio 1 shows, and the Wrongtom remix was featured on The Tom Robinson Show on BBC 6 Music.
The Rice & Peace EP released on Tru Thoughts in December 2016 with remixes from Dizraeli, V.B.Kühl, Dorylus, Captain Over and J-Felix (Tru Thoughts).
Lauren Laverne included ‘Rice & Peace’ in the 6 Music Recommends playlist, with other airplay from Don Letts, and Craig Charles
Check out the video for ‘Rice & Peace’ which premiered on Afropop Worldwide

The So Sue Us EP released on Tru Thoughts in March 2017 with remixes from Origin One, Contours, Polyop, Rtmgsn, Sanjiao, Mangataot and Junction13.
Tracks premiered on Ransom Note who hailed it as “excellent…a real dancefloor heater” and Data Transmission, who described it as “rhythmic house-laced grooves and sweltering Afro-soul from the hotly-tipped Lakuta”
 

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Lakuta are a musical collective founded by Cicely Taylor in Brighton. The British-based band have heritage from Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Malaysia, Europe and the UK.
Drawing on their backgrounds in jazz, funk, soul and world music to create a modern sound, the group is fronted by Kenyan-Tanzanian vocalist Siggi Mwasote and percussionist and vocalist Cicely Taylor. The name “Lakuta” is derived from Siggi’s mother tongue and translates from Swahili to mean ‘to find, meet, share or feel full’.
Before joining Lakuta, Siggi grew up singing in choirs and in a jazz trio. Whilst living in London she also had the opportunity to perform with the revered English National Opera, and make punchy dance music records. Cicely’s training in latin percussion and penchant for vintage funk and rare world music drove her musical passions, and when the two met they formed a choir together and it wasn’t long before Siggi was invited to join Lakuta.
Influenced by their travels in Africa and South America, they have generated their own unique lyrical style with a fresh beats-funk-soul twist which has attracted great support. This fusion of African and Latin rhythms is driven by a powerful female-led perspective which is passionately communicated through the music.  This is reflected in songs such as ‘Yansan’, written about the fate of women and children in Charles Taylor’s Liberia, ‘Rice & Peace’ about the plight of single parents and more recently ‘Afromama’ about the schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Lakuta’s highly danceable mix of Afrobeat, Funk and Latino grooves has led them to tour extensively, headlining stages at venues and festivals across the UK and Europe.
Check out the full biography here