Based in London, Congolese "Kasai Masai" bring us the traditional sound of the most remote equatorial African villages with an Urban Twist.
The band is a 5 piece outfit, consisting of d'jembe, guitar, saxophone, bass and drum. To add that extra exotic touch they are also joined occasionally by one or two female dancers
Named after a river, Kasai lies in the heart of the rain forest where many tribes such as the Pygmies still maintain their traditional lifestyles. The Masai, just like the Baka, are another dignified tribe whose lives still centre around a nomadic existence.
"...Kasai Masai successfully marry a respect for vindage grooves with an overwhelming urge to move the dance floor. This is the sound of the old and the new, of the countryside and the city, from deep in the heart of Africa..."
Nige Tassell - Reading Womad Festival
Drumming & Dancing Workshops from 7 to 77
with Nickens Nkoso
Not only that drumming will keep you fit, it is also a great teambuilding exercise. It is ideal for people to learn how to work together in harmony. With Nickens you will learn the call-and-response basics alongside exciting rythms from Central Africa.
Not Do you feel a bit tense when it comes to moving your hips? Then
Nickens' workshops are ideal for you. Learn the steps which are shaking the
whole of Africa's derrieres".
Singer, songwriter and composer, Nickens is a fine drummer and the leader of
the well respected Central African band Kasai Masai. He is also a well sought after session musician in the world music circuit all over the UK and teaches d'jembe, conga, percussions and dance routines.