Kabantu bring African mix to Lakes music festival
AN African-influenced live band brings their eclectic mix of sounds to Windermere next week.
One of the first events to sell out at last summer’s Lake District Summer Music festival was Project Jam Sandwich – and now the band is back by popular demand under their new name, Kabantu.
The quintet has been charming and elevating audiences across the UK with their high-octane and percussive live workouts blending roots, jazz and classical music from around the globe.
Their repertoire unravels new marriages of music, such as vocal harmonies of South Africa with everything from Celtic reels and Brazilian samba to Balkan folk music and beyond.
Kabantu throw away the rulebook to bridge countries and cultures, creating an exuberant and joyful sound. Reigniting traditional songs written over the last century, everybody in Kabantu uses their voice to sing, scat and stutter alongside their instruments, which includes percussion, double bass, cello, violin, guitar and banjo.
Kabantu means 'of the people', in a hybrid of Sotho and Zulu from South Africa – yet it's cosmopolitan Manchester and the group's experience in this city that is the ultimate inspiration for their formation.
Coming together in June 2013, they have already been invited to many of the country's leading music festivals and venues. The 2015 Proms broadcast added to a collection of radio highlights, with appearances on the BBC's Free Thinking Festival, Radio 3 In Tune, BBC Introducing, and BBC World on 3.