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Kabantu bringing their unique fusion sound to Cambridge

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World music/folk collective Kabantu aims to “celebrate the space where different cultures meet” (all four members were born in different countries) when they perform at Stapleford Granary this weekend.


The Manchester-based acoustic quartet, whose unique style fuses global influences with jazz improvisation and classical, have previously appeared at the BBC Proms, live sessions for BBC Free Thinking Festival, BBC Radio 3 In Tune, as well as at renowned venues such as Sage in Gateshead and Cadogan Hall in London.

They have also performed at folk festivals including Celtic Connections, Musicport, Fire in the Mountain, and Broadstairs.

In 2017, Kabantu were the winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition and in 2018 released their debut album, Of the People. They will record and release their second album, Freehand, later this year.

Kabantu, which means ‘of the people’ - stemming from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu: ‘I am who I am because of who we all are’ - consists of Katie Foster (violin, whistling, vocals), Ben Sayah (guitar, vocals), Ali McMath (double bass, didgeridoo, banjo, vocals) and Delia Stevens (percussion, vocals).

This weekend’s concert follows the launch of Stapleford Granary’s summer season last Friday (June 10) with a superb set from Kathryn Tickell & the Darkening. The group brought ancient tunes from Northumbria, ‘ghostly’ clog dancing, folk songs collected by Vaughan Williams, and show-stopping tracks from their recent album Hollowbone.

Kabantu will be appearing at Stapleford Granary this Saturday (June 18). For more information, and to book tickets, go to staplefordgranary.org.uk.

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