Kabantu is a quintet from Manchester unravelling new marriages of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures collaborate.
“Kabantu” means “of the people” – stemming from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu – “I am what I am because of who we all are”.This is autonomous music bridging countries and cultures.
Highlights so far include performing at the BBC Promsat the Royal Albert Hall, live sessions for BBC Free Thinking Festival, BBC Radio 3 In Tune, World on 3and an array of prestigious festivals and venues across the UK.
2019 sees Kabantu collaborate creatively with the BBC Singers and a tour of England and Wales with Welsh orchestra Sinfonia Cymru. They also tour Switzerland and even feature as guest artist in Yolanda Brown’s brand-new show for CBeebies.
Katie Foster – violin, Ali McMath – double bass, Ben Sayah – guitar, Delia Stevens – percussion, Abel Selaocoe – cello
“an ambitious global range..all sing as well as they play, switching from scat to powerful harmony”
– Robin Denselow, World and Folk Critic, The Guardian