Rootmaster: Grupo Lokito


Grupo Lokito is truly unique in the UK.


Grupo Lokito fuses contemporary Congolese and Latin music creating a modern day cocktail of two of the great world musics.


Formed in 2006 by British Latin pianist Sara McGuinness and Congolese singer Jose Hendrix Ndelo, Grupo Lokito’s musicians are a mix of Congolese, Latin and British artists who have chosen to make London their home.


Lokito’s energetic front-line of singers are true performers, and when the groove steps up a notch in the blistering salsa and seben sections, their outlandish dancing has to be seen to be believed – witness it first-hand on their video clips!


In May 2011 Grupo Lokito completed a UK tour as part of the Making Tracks concert series, this followed a successful Arts Council funded 2010 tour. The live show features stunning visuals by “Your Mum” Visual artists.

IN 2010 the band released their first CD “Esengo Ya Ko Bina” (The Joy of Dancing) capturing the vibrancy and spirit of their stage show. Grupo Lokito have been included in several compilation CDs including: Latin Beat on Putumayo (Aug 30 2011), Urban Africa on Cavendish Music (2010) and “The Rough guide to African Street Party “ on the World Music Network (2008)..


Don’t miss this great band who are making waves both here and in Kinshasa.


Rootmaster is a world music night run every Sunday at Hootananny Brixton, Offically Best Live Music Venue in London 2011 (London Lifestyle Awards) and Best Live Music Pub in UK 2010 (GB pub awards). It is free entry, and there is pool and Mexican food. It's a nice antidote to the busy-ness of Friday and Saturday nights : sweet music and very relaxed atmosphere.

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