GRUPO LOKITO

LOCATION:
Congolese / Cuban / Latin

BOOKING EMAIL:
music@movimientos.org.uk

Grupo Lokito

Grupo Lokito fuse contemporary Congolese and Cuban music creating a modern day cocktail of two of the great world musics. Based in London, the band have taken the UK by storm, wowing festivals and the club circuit alike with their blistering grooves and outlandish dance moves.

The glorious melodious vocals of Congolese front men Eugene Makuta and Iddo Donnatella blends with soaring guitars courtesy of Congolese guitar hero Mbokalia, and the lilting keyboards of Sara. All of this sits on top of the rhythmic powerhouse team of Michel (drums), Emeris (Congas) and Elpidio (bass).

Since their formation in 2006 the band have gone from strength to strength, completing several UK tours and building a solid following. As if the grooves weren’t enough, the band have developed a rapport with their audiences which gets everyone up on their feet.

Grupo Lokito write their own original tunes: stories of life ranging from love tales, reflections on the trials facing musicians trying to make a home away from home, wisdom of the elders to the simple joy of dancing.



"On a baking hot Saturday Grupo Lokito took to the stage in the early evening and lifted the sun soaked Rhythmtree audience from their seats with their irresistible mix of Cuban and Congolese styles.? It's a sparkling, very natural and catchy combination of styles and when it's delivered with this much panache, verve and good time confident gusto by a band who love what they do and are at the top of their game the result is a joyous celebration and wide smiles all round. Group Lokito have matured into a truly great band and were, amidst strong competition, one of the stand out hits of our festival weekend."
- Pete Holden, Rhythmtree Festival

"Grupo Lokito rounded off the first ever ¡VAMOS! Leeds with a real feel good vibe of Congolese and Latino rhythms. Tightly delivered and with an infectious spirit and warm energy they were the perfect headliner!"
- Nik Barrera, Vamos Festival


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26 April 2019

Son Yambu, Malavita, Makala & Jimmy Bidaurreta + Tropical Pressure London Launch

A night of Latin grooves with a contemporary edge down at the Hoot! Son Yambu present a modern take on the sound of authentic Cuban son, continuing the Buena Vista legacy and letting it sit firmly in the 21st century. With incredible Cuban musicians making up the band Son Yambu’s live set is an experience not to miss. Alongside them, Malavita and Makala & Jimmy Bidaurreta will be getting the party started on stage, melding Latin influences with some funk and bass to get things going. Tropical Pressure DJs will also be on hand to launch their festival in London alongside Makala connecting the dots with a mix of tropical sounds, from classic to modern, across genres - get ready to dance!

3 May 2019

Shika Shika London Showcase

Shika Shika have been making waves around the world since their foundation in 2015, exploring the lines between organic and electronic music inspired by the meeting of folk tradition and contemporary production. Movimientos are extremely excited to welcome some of this borderless collective for their debut London showcase!

5 May 2019

Cinco De Mayo

Celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a mix of international live music, female mariachis, DJs, traditional dance, food and decor with a Mexican twist! Candeleros are flying in from Madrid with their modern twist on psychedelic cumbia and afro-latin rhythms alongside female-fronted mariachi duo Las Guadalupes and Jari Castillo. DJs Coco Maria, Gypsy Box and Cal Jader will be bringing the vibes from the decks throughout out the day, and with traditional dance from Mestizo Folklore and Atlachinolli Aztec Dance, this is set to be an almighty fiesta.

11 May 2019

Manzana Tropical + Kit Sebastian + Mambo Chick + Cal Jader + Chonta DJ

Movimientos is back at Brixton’s legendary Hootananny with a stellar lineup of live tropical music! Having been making the rounds on London’s live circuit for years, Manzana Tropical will be presenting their full fat Peruvian Cumbia with an Amazonian twist, alongside fresh Mr Bongo signing Kit Sebastian with their melting pot of Jazz-tinged sounds from around the globe. Keeping things moving before and after, France’s Mambo Chick will be at the decks alongside our very own DJ Cal Jader.