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.
2017 Indigenous Supergroup
Between May and October 2017, Indigenous People toured an ‘Indigenous Supergroup’ made up of 6 members of the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana and 6 members of the !Gubi Family from Namibia. Plans to bring David Mbilou, a Bwiti Nganga from Gabon, were frustrated when he was refused a visa (twice). The tour was a great success, seeing the groups deliver a main stage performance at the renowed WOMAD Fesitval, conduct the opening ceremony on the main stage at the Shambala Festival, deliver two rousing sets at the Tropical Pressure Festival in Cornwall as well as visit schools the length and breadth of the country.
Kakatsitsi, The Gubis and David Mbilou, plus possibly some additional traditional musicians from other African countries, will be touring the UK and Europe between May and October 2019. Marketing of this tour will begin in September 2018 and if you would like to be sent promotional materials please email email@example.com
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