Rumba Congo Cubana 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 and Congolese singer Jose, Rumba Congo Cubana’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.
Rumba Congo Cubana spent much of the summer of 2012 playing festivals and London Parks as part of the citywide celebration of the Olympics. 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 September 2011 they rocked the house at Stratford Circus as part of the London African Music festival.
In May this year, founder member Jose, now living back in Kinshasa, won the Congolese version of the X Factor “Vodacom Best of the Best”.
Don’t miss this great band who are making waves both here and in Kinshasa.
“Such sweet guitars! Lovely groove - had me moving in my seat.”DJ/ Writer/Compiler Lubi Jovanovic
“... an uplifting set of songs with all the rich Congolese vocal harmonies, spicy soukous guitar lines and Cuban salsa rhythms that they do so charmingly well on stage.”Rose Skelton, Songlines Jan/Feb 2011
“Featuring the cream of London’s African and Latin musicians, layering the swinging soukous guitar sound of Kinshasa over the roots rhythms of Havana and then topping it all off with honeyed vocal harmonies and spoonfuls of hot salsa piano.” “Rumba Congo Cubana have got swing and charm, rich melodies and insinuating rhythms.”Quote from Jamie Renton (DJ,Journalist)
Rumba Congo Cubana typically performs X 2 - 50 minute sets + encore (first dance included if the event is a wedding). Additional times can be negotiated.
They can tailor their repertoire and arrange specific songs for your event. Please do enquire if you can't find what you're looking for.
Travel expenses are included unless your location is further afield. Rumba Congo Cubana does perform nationally and abroad but additional travel and accommodation expenses will incur depending on your events location - Please enquire for further details.
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