Reinventing global sounds, rewriting the rulebook – winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition 2017. Kabantu (previously Project Jam Sandwich), meaning “of the people”, is a five-piece hailing from Manchester who unravel new marriages of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures meet.
Vocal harmonies from South Africa coalesce with everything from Celtic reels and Brazilian samba and beyond.
They have performed all over the UK including the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, BBC Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead, BBC Radio 3 In Tune, The Bridgewater Hall, Celtic Connections and Cambridge Folk Festival.
Support comes from Singer, Songwriter, ethnomusicologist Merlyn Driver.
Born and raised on Orkney (a group of small islands in the north of Scotland), Merlyn was brought up on a smallholding without mains electricity and didn’t go to school until his early teens. This unconventional upbringing continues to inform his music, which is influenced not just by Celtic folk but also a reverence for nature, open space and different musical traditions from around the world.
What to expect...
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA