Please note, this event takes place at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross.
Kabantu is a quintet from Manchester who unravel new marriages of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures collaborate.
‘Kabantu’ means ‘of the people’ – stemming from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu – ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. This is autonomous music bridging countries and cultures. An egalitarian, creative process to defy genre and embrace sheer joy in music from all over the globe.
Highlights so far include performing at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, live sessions for BBC Free Thinking Festival, BBC Radio 3 In Tune, World on 3, a TedX Talk to a sold-out Bridgewater Hall and an array of prestigious festivals and venues across the UK including Cadogan Hall, The Sage Gateshead, St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, Orkney Folk Festival, Aldeburgh Music, Celtic Connections, Musicport, Spitalfields Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival.
Kabantu are the winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition 2017 £10,000 Mixed Ensemble Prize.
In 2018 Kabantu released their debut album Of the People to critical acclaim, produced by Mercury-nominated Gerry Diver and supported by the Hattori Foundation and the PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Music Creators. 2019 sees Kabantu collaborate creatively with the BBC Singers and a tour of England and Wales with Welsh orchestra Sinfonia Cymru. They also tour Switzerland and even feature as guest artist in Yolanda Brown’s brand-new show for CBeebies.
For the second time, Kings Place partners with Cubitt Sessions and ventures into the local area, this time in the new shopping district, Coal Drops Yard. The full festival runs from Wednesday 24 July – Sunday 4 August, with 3 days of ‘Kings Place Presents…’ stages, showcasing just a handful of our diverse and eclectic artists, from world music ensemble Kabantu, spectacular sonic theatre with the Perhaps Contraption to high class cabaret and sultry jazz standards from the fast-rising Cherise Adams-Burnett etc. Join us for an electrifying live music programme in one of the largest and most exciting redevelopments in London.