One of Africa’s leading traditional drumming groups, the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana, combine with Mbilou, a ceremony leader, spiritual healer, musician and dancer from Gabon to present a unique fusion set.
Mbilou is an ‘Nganga’ (spiritual healer / ceremony leader), musician and dancer from the Bwiti traditional religion of the forest regions of equatorial Africa, modern day Gabon. Bwiti is an ancient shamanic tradition, originally practised solely by the forest peoples of the central African rainforest. He plays the Mungongo (the mouth bow with the monostring), the Ngoma-Ngombi (the sacred harp that speaks the voice of the ancestors), the Etsika (the Ciessi horse antelope horn used to call spirits) as well as various drums and shakers / bells.
Mbilou will be supported on tour by the Kakatsitsi, Master Drummers from Ghana who will work with Mbilou to develop a fusion set combining Bwiti influences with the funky, accessible drumming groups for which Kakatsitsi have become renowned over the 14 previous UK tours, including main stage performances at the WOMAD and Shambala Festivals in 2017 on the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury Festival (in fusion with The Orb) in 2013. Over their 14 previous UK tours, Kakatsitsi have established themselves as one of the leading African drumming groups that tour outside Africa, renowned for the quality of their singing and their accessible, funky, danceable drumming grooves.
Their collaborative set will fuse the Mbilou’s acoustic instruments and chants with Kakatsitsi cool grooves with an added layer of call and response chants from the two traditions.