With members hailing from Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Malaysia, Spain and the UK, Lakuta is a truly global mix of musicians who draw on a deep love of jazz, funk, soul and world music to create a fierce, driving sound.
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 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).
Tanzanian/ Kenyan vocalist Siggi Mwasote has generated her own unique lyrical style, giving a fresh funk-soul twist to the traditional African aesthetic, whilst Latin Percussionist Cicely Taylor heads up the ensemble and brings a contemporary feel to her writing that acknowledges broad musical influences from Hip Hop to Highlife and her travels studying and playing music in West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean .
The lyrics are written in a mixture of Swahili and English and the unique female-led perspective is communicated passionately through the music.
The word ‘lakuta’ is derived from Siggi’s mother tongue of Swahili and translates as ‘to find, meet, share or feel full’.
Agent InfoCat Roberts