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Latinos in London Magazine  on 2013-12-22

Grupo Lokito : Esengo Ya Ko Bina

Grupo Lokito is truly unique in the UK. Grupo Lokito fuses contemporary Congolese and Latin music creating a modern day cocktail of two of the great world musics. Formed in 2006 by British Latin pianist Sara McGuinness and Congolese singer Jose Hendrix Ndelo, Grupo Lokito’s musicians area mix of Congolese, Latin and British artists who have chosen to make London their home.

Lokito’s energetic front-line of singers are true performers, and when the groove steps up a notch in the blistering salsa and seben sections, their outlandish dancing has to be seen to be believed.

Lokito spent much of the summer of 2012 playing festivals and London Parks as part of the citywide celebration of the Olympics. In May 2011 Grupo Lokito completed a UK tour as part of the Making Tracks concert series, this followed a successful Arts Council funded 2010 tour. The live show features stunning visuals by “Your Mum” Visual
artists.In September 2011 they rocked the house at Stratford Circus as
part of the London African Music festival.

In 2010 the band released their first CD “Esengo Ya Ko Bina” (The Joy of Dancing) capturing the vibrancy and spirit of their stage show. The band are currently working on a new release for the winter of 2013.

Grupo Lokito have been included in several compilation CDs including: Latin Beat on Putumayo (Aug 30 2011), Urban Africa on Cavendish Music (2010) and “The Rough guide to African Street Party “ on the World Music Network (2008).

In May this year, founder member Jose Hendrix, now living back in Kinshasa, won the Congolese version of the X Factor “Vodacom Best of the Best”.

Don’t miss this great band who are making waves both here and in Kinshasa.


“Such sweet guitars! Lovely groove - had me moving in my seat.”
DJ/ Writer/Compiler Lubi Jovanovic

“... an uplifting set of songs with all the rich Congolese vocal harmonies, spicy soukous guitar lines and Cuban salsa rhythms that they do so charmingly well on stage.”
Rose Skelton, Songlines Jan/Feb 2011

“Featuring the cream of London’s African and Latin musicians, layering the swinging soukous guitar sound of Kinshasa over the roots rhythms of Havana and then topping it all off with honeyed vocal harmonies and spoonfuls of hot salsa piano.”

“Lokito have got swing and charm, rich melodies and insinuating rhythms.”
Quote from Jamie Renton (DJ,Journalist)

Band Members:

Vocals: Makuta and Iddo
Guitars: Limousine, Chocolat and Mbokalia
Keyboards:Sara McGuinness
Bass: Elpidio Caicedo
Congas: Emeris Solis
Drums: Michel Castellano

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