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.
Their upcoming album BROTHERS & SISTERS, made in collaboration with renowned producer Nick Faber, is set for release on Tru Thoughts in Summer 2016, with a number of remixes already on the way from the likes of Jaguar Skills (BBC Radio 1Extra), Steve Cobby (Fila Brasilia) and Wrongtom (Tru Thoughts). Check out the album teaser here
Latin Percussionist Cicely Taylor heads up the ensemble and brings a contemporary feel to her writing, which references musical influences from Hip Hop and Funk and her travels studying and playing music in West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
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.
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’.