Kabantu means 'of the people', in a hybrid of Sotho and Zulu from South Africa – yet it's cosmopolitan Manchester and the group's experience in this city that is the ultimate inspiration for forming Kabantu. Offering everything from Celtic reels to Afrobeat, Middle Eastern melodies to gypsy jazz, Kabantu dares its audiences to sample unconventional music. Whether you’re a hard core folky, world music fan or simply a curious music lover, the eclectic programme that Kabantu offers, means that there is something for everyone.
Despite only forming in June 2013, it has already been invited to many of the country's leading music festivals: and venues: Bridgewater Hall, Sage Gateshead, Celtic Connections, Ireby Folk, Spitalfields, Fishguard, Oundle, Cambridge Summer Music, Swaledale, Greenbelt, Aldeburgh, Musicport and the Proms. The 2015 Proms broadcast added to a collection of radio highlights, with appearances on the BBC's Free Thinking Festival, Radio 3 In Tune, BBC Introducing, and BBC World on 3. Kabantu is part of the Live Music Now scheme, taking its music into mainstream and special needs schools, pupil referral units, hospitals and care homes, playing to those unable to hear music in more conventional settings.
In March, Kabantu won the Royal Over-Seas League's Mixed Ensemble Final; this season it is also a Making Music selected ensemble. Kabantu previously performed at LDSM in 2016, under its former name, Project Jam Sandwich.
*See the panel on the right for details of Kabantu's concert in the 2017 LDSM festival.