Indigenous People, promoting well-being through community music and dance.
Indigenous People is an arts education charity specialising in tour and project management for traditional world music and dance groups, particularly from Africa. Based in Brighton, Indigenous People specialises in educational projects to promote a greater sense of well-being generated by participation in community based arts activities such as traditional drumming, dance and singing. The charity also seeks to preserve endangered traditional cultures by providing employment for traditional musicians and artists and raising awareness of the economic value of traditional culture in promoting development in impoverished communities in developing countries.
2019 UK & European touring
Building on the success of their 2017 tour, which included a main stage performance at the renowned WOMAD festival, the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana will be returning to the UK in April 2019 where they will be touring, including making inroads in to the European festivals market. They will be joined on tour by David Mbilou, a a Bwiti Nganga (spiritual healer) from Gabon. Funding permitting, they will also be joined by the !Gubi Family of San ‘Bushmen’ musicians and dancers from Namibia.
David Mbilou, Bwiti Nganga
Kakatsitsi and the !Gubi Family on the main stage at WOMAD, July 2017
Kakatsitsi are known for their funky, groovy and trancey style of drumming, designed to move western dance floors and built around the style of lead drummer Samuel Tetteh Addo, a.k.a ‘Injoly’. Their singing, led by Adotey Johnson also sets them aside from many other African drumming groups.
Is there a better African drumming group touring at the moment ?
To see some pictures of the 2017 Kakatsitsi / Gubi UK tour including performances at WOMAD, please visit our Facebook page.
To watch videos of Kakatsitsi, please visit their Youtube Channel