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
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’.