Lakuta are a musical collective founded by Cicely Taylor in Brighton. The British-based band have heritage from Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Malaysia, Spain and the UK. Drawing on their backgrounds in jazz, funk, soul and world music to create a modern sound, the group is fronted by Kenyan-Tanzanian vocalist Siggi Mwasote and percussionist and vocalist Cicely Taylor. The name “Lakuta” is derived from Siggi’s mother tongue and translates from Swahili to mean ‘to find, meet, share or feel full’.
Before joining Lakuta, Siggi grew up singing in choirs and in a jazz trio. Whilst living in London she also had the opportunity to perform with the revered English National Opera, and make punchy dance music records. Cicely’s training in latin percussion and penchant for vintage funk and rare world music drove her musical passions, and when the two met they formed a choir together and it wasn’t long before Siggi was invited to join Lakuta.
Influenced by their travels in Africa and South America, they have generated their own unique lyrical style with a fresh beats-funk-soul twist which has attracted great support. This fusion of Benga, Soweto and Latin rhythms is driven by powerful female-led vocals which are passionately communicated through the music.
Lakuta’s highly danceable mix of Afrobeat, Funk and Latino grooves has led them to tour extensively, headlining stages at The Southbank Centre, Glastonbury Festival, Latitude Festival and many more.
This year Lakuta will release their new album, ‘Brothers & Sisters’, which was made in collaboration with renowned producer Nick Faber, on the Tru Thoughts imprint. “Brothers and Sisters are what we are, musically and spiritually. This is our gift to the brothers and sisters with whom we share this planet”, Siggi explains.
Lakuta are set to shake the stages of gigs and festivals this summer and will be performing at the Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender, Kemptown Carnival, Brighton Fringe Festival and Haslemere Fringe Festival with more dates to be confirmed!