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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30 June 2019

NYC Salsa With Grupo Magnético

We team up with Jazz Cafe to present a summer Sunday session dedicated to the colourful world of New York salsa in the company of Grupo Magnético, hailed as one of the most exciting new voices in Latin music.

6 July 2019

Love Carnival with DJ Jigüe, DJ Galletas Calientes & Diva

Love Carnival is back and this time we’re going north of the river to one of our favourite spaces in the capital, Five Miles. Bringing more tropical goodness with DJ Jigüe, the Cuban mastermind behind Gilles Peterson’s latest Havana Cultura project, Colombian label boss DJ Galletas Calientes and Diva, we can’t wait to set the vibes right with one the best sound systems around!

12 July 2019

Somos Guerreras: Rebeca Lane, Nakury, Audry Funk - London debut!

Founded as a series of workshops, talks and concerts for the empowerment of women in Central American and Mexican hip-hop culture, Somos Guerreras was soon consolidated as a collective of seasoned artists comprised of rappers Rebeca Lane (Guatemala), Nakury (Costa Rica) and Audry Funk (Mexico). From the beginning, the crew has focused on providing spaces of reflection, honing in on the challenges faced by women in hip-hop to find creative solutions and establish new alliances.

13 July 2019

The Bongo Hop + Imperio Bamba

Movimientos return to the Hootananny for a night of powerful Afro-Latin sounds. Fresh off the back of their latest album release we are incredibly excited to welcome The Bongo Hop as they take us on a transatlantic journey through the sounds of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, alongside Imperio Bamba, the London based group whose Latin American roots are championed through their psychedelic cumbia sounds.