Outdoor Stage: Sunday 30 July
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
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.