Brothers & Sisters
Released: 29th Jul, 2016
Label: Tru Thoughts
"Highly infectious and fresh...a lovely new find" 5 Stars - Blues & Soul
“Lakuta sets out its stall with passion and energy” – The Independent
"Sounds Great!" - Felix Buxton (Basement Jaxx)
"Beat is hard! Lovely." – Bobbito
“Excellent” - Laurent Garnier
“An exciting and afrocentric tone - Afropunk
“Sits nicely within the growing nexus of globally oriented but locally rooted Afrobeat collectives, such as São Paulo’s Bixiga 70, Buenos Aires’ Guanabana Orquesta… - Afropop
Out 12th August, ‘Brothers & Sisters’ is the debut album from Tru Thoughts’ new signing Lakuta produced by the respected Nick Faber. Building on the success of their first single “Bata Boy” (out 1st July), which attracted a clamour of support from Basement Jaxx’s Felix Buxton, Bobbito & Laurent Garnier and a music video premiere on Afropunk. Excitement for the tropical album is building and Lakuta have an interview on Bandcamp Weekly Radio in the pipeline.
Cicely explains “It’s about feeling a sense of unity between humanity – there’s no time for division, we have to work together and realise that we are all descended from the same place and need to treat each other as brothers and sisters.” - “And of course, just make beautiful, beautiful music” Siggi says passionately.
Immersing themselves in their musical and multi-cultural heritages, the Brighton-based collective have roots that run through Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Malaysia, and Europe. The name Lakuta originates from Siggi's mother tongue and translates from Swahili to mean ‘to find, meet and share’. Referencing a fusion of musical styles, Lakuta draw on their funk, soul and world music backgrounds to unearth a conversation that explores modern and traditional approaches.
Nick Faber’s production identifies with the band’s authentic afrobeat sound, switching up the groove to unlock the infectious energy which radiates from Lakuta’s live performances. Faber learnt his trade at Beatles-producer George Martin's AIR Studios and has remixed for artists including Kylie Minogue & the Sugababes; written and produced for John Turrell; and soundtracked Ice T’s hip hop documentary “Something For Nothing: The Art Of Rap”.