|Saturday 17 February 2024 @ 08:00pm :
Kasai Masai’s music reflects their journey from the rural to the urban world. They mix the infectious dance grooves of Soukous, traditional Congolese folkloric music, and of course their own contemporary style and Kasai Masai magic. Written in Swahili, Lingala and Kimongo, Kasai Masai’s lyrics portray the cultural diversity of Congo where more than four hundred languages are spoken. Kasai Masai’s original compositions have moved beyond traditional expectations of Congolese music with their galloping rhythms, strong melodies, passionate beats, swinging guitars and soaring saxophones.
Kasai Masai love playing to crowds of all sizes. From intimate acoustic jams to the full on-stage experience of festivals like Womad and Wilderness in the UK, Pete the Monkey, RainForest Festival in Malaysia, Oman World Music Festival, World Music Festival in Bahrain, Zain Party in Spain, Clonmel Festival in the Republic of Ireland and World Music LX in Portugal, and many more. Based in London, the band have a busy schedule in the capital. They regularly feature at Focus Africa events in the city, as one of the UK-based Soukous heavyweights. The band also perform with Kanda Bongo Man, a legend of Soukous music, to huge audiences all around the world.
Nickens Nkoso - Vocals, Percussion
Otis Lumumba - Guitar
Claude Bula - Bass
Jeannot Bel - Guitar
Jean Claude Mulamba - Drums
“Kasai Masai successfully marry a respect for vintage grooves with an overwhelming urge to move the dance floor this is the sound of the old and new, of the countryside and the city, from deep in the heart of Africa…” - Nige Tassell, Womad Festival
"Kasai Masai is the finest Soukous band in the UK." - Jamie Renton