KEXP at Trans Musicales: Lakuta

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04/28/2018
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Today, we continue sharing our discoveries from the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France, where last December we captured twelve exclusive sessions. We’re sharing with you one unique session per week, and you can watch all the previously released ones here. This week’s feature is of Lakuta.

DJ Morgan says of the band:

Brighton, UK based band Lakuta began as a large collective of like-minded musicians who play tropicalia and afro-beat. Founded by Cicely Taylor, the collective peaked at a whopping 17 members, 7 of which at one time were horn players and another 7 of which were vocalists. As they played, now-lead-singer Siggy shown through as primary vocalist and they whittled down to the 9 piece they are today consisting of 3 horns, drums, congas, kora, guitar, bass, and vocals, honing in to make their first crowdfunded record under the moniker Kalakuta, named for the republic musician and political activist Fela Kuti gave to the communal compound that housed his family, band members, and recording studio. They ended up shortening their band name to Lakuta for their latest record, Brothers & Sisters, which came out in August 2016. Lakuta played a joyous set of relevantly-themed afrobeat. They brought warmth to a very cold winter day and was a lovely way to cap off the first day at Trans Musicales.

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