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Kasai Masai / Press

“A fantastic day of great music, poetry, dance, yummy food celebrated in the great company of London’s wonderfully diverse community. There was loads of great stuff but my favourites had to be Congolese band Kasai Masai who got everyone up and dancing to their lively pounding Soukous.”

“Thought it was too good to last. Anyway, we welcome back Kasai Masai. who are sure to bring some sunshine into our lives. They are a band of truly wonderful musicians once again bringing their unique African sounds to Forest Roots.”

“One of the biggest uk based African outfits around, led by Voodoo King Nickens Nkoso, Kasaï Masaï brings us the Traditional Sound of the most remote equatorial villages with a Urban Twist.”

“Kasai Masai are a 5-piece band based in London and led by Nickens Nkoso. Named after a region in Congo, their sound is a very authentic African one, full of infectious rhythms and driving guitar hooks.”

“I was at The Armoury last Saturday to see Kasai Masai. It was a great evening with a good crowd of mixed ages. The place was filled with a lively crowd and a lot of people were dancing around and getting involved - great atmosphere.”

“I really love Kasai Masai! they are the best world music band in the UK”

“It doesn’t seem that long ago last festival when we were dancing the night away to Kasai Masai and Jugnu Bhangra. Everyone left the site on a high blessed by Kasai Masai, even Anna Mudeka's 3 year old daughter was singing their name for weeks afterwards. ”

“Kasai Masai walked onto our bus with a lump of wood and magic came out of it. It was absolutely beautiful.”

“Saw Kasai Masai at the Arts Centre on Friday. Brilliant! They are a five-piece band led by Nickens Nkoso, bringing the traditional sound of remote equatorial African villages to London with a contemporary twist. The band leader, Nickens Nkoso, told us "you don't have to pay to dance. dancing is free!", and after one very courageous young lady had come down to floor level to dance in front of the band, others followed. By the end, there was standing room only at the front! I'd have been there but (1) I have absolutely no sense of rhythm - I clap in the same time that Corporal Jones marched to in Dad's Army - out of step (2) I have a broken toe (3) there is enough horror in the world already without the sight of me pretending to dance. The JEP mentioned it on Saturday and got it wrong; they took Kasai Masai as plural in one sentence, and as the name of the band leader in the next. The sub editor must have had an off day - again! ”

“Last night was the Knees Up at Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, they were raising money towards a community arts center. It was fantastic, so nice to be out in the City with nice company and lots of friendly people. Amazing music by Kasai Masai (Listen to ‘Yumbiana’) “You will feel the music oozing through your veins, pumping a rhythmic African beat through your body. Hence, the audience find themselves on their feet, moving toward the dance floor on an uncontrollable shaking of their hips.“ That happened, it’s true! I don’t remember the last time that i was in an atmospheric location stuffed with people all dancing together and loving the music. It was ace!”

“ The older children had an active interaction with the Kasai Masai band; they visited Sark on 21st, giving a children's concert in the afternoon and an adult one in the evening. It took the children a while to warm to the traditional band which played some more modern interpretations. But African music is designed for dancing, and as the concert progressed, encouraged by the leader Nickens Nkoso, who is a dancer as well as a singer and percussionist, and by the teachers, the children joined in. They copied the dance movements and let themselves go! Both the children and the adults benefit from the exposure to something completely different musically from what is normally heard. ”

“KASAI MASAI ENTERTAINS BAHRAINI AUDIENCE MANAMA, AUGUST 3 (BNA) LOVERS OF AFRICAN MUSIC WERE ENTERTAINED AT THE CULTURAL HALL THIS EVENING BY KASAI MASAI SOUKOUS AND TRIBAL FUSION, ONE OF THE RENOWNED MUSIC BANDS WHICH WAS FOUNDED IN LONDON TO REVIVE THE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MUSIC BUT IN A MODERN FORM THAT COMBINES AFRICAN AND WESTERN MUSIC. THE BAND WAS APPLAUDED BY THE AUDIENCE WHO WERE DELIGHTED WITH THE PERFORMANCE. IT IS WORTH NOTING THAT THE ACTIVITY WAS HELD AS PART ON THE ONGOING BAHRAIN SUMMER FESTIVAL”

“Kasai Masai's band leader interview with Ilka Schlockermann : Are the songs in your repertoire your own compositions or do you also perform traditional songs? Nickens Nkoso: Most of my songs are based on traditional rhythms from different villages along the Congo River. Once my heart has connected with a particular beat, my mind starts singing back to me heartening melodies. When the music is in place I then write my own lyrics taking inspiration from ancestral story-telling passed on from one generation to another through African oral culture. This is my way of keeping our civilisation alive.”