Thur 31 August, from 5pm, our final ‘Gin & Jazz’ courtyard event for 2023
Smooth and groovy West African drumming from Ghana by the masters of their craft. Kakatsitsi add harmonised signing and expressive dance, resulting in an unforgettable evening of performance.
Kakatsitsi are a group of traditional drummers, dancers and singers from the Ga tribe of Southern Ghana, with their roots in the fishing community of Jamestown. Their music takes traditional rhythms and chants from their own Ga tradition and those of a variety of other West African cultures, rearranging them in a modern and accessible way.
Seen live, they show culture as it is meant to be celebrated, breaking down the barriers between audience and performers by encouraging the active participation of the people in the celebration, whether on the drums, chanting or dancing. With traditional music and dance, the measure of the performance is in the involvement of the people in the spirit of the occasion. Kakatsitsi’s music combines traditional drumming grooves played on a wide variety of West African drums with traditional chants sung in six part harmony.
The group have developed a particularly strong educational dimension, whereby they visit local schools or youth & community centres in the week running up to a performance to teach a few simple rhythms, chants and dances.
In addition, Kakatsitsi are keen collaborators. They have worked with electronica producers and DJs, and Celtic musicians on various fusion shows and releases, including performing with The Orb on the West-Holts Stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2013.
Part of St James’s Cugoano250 programme, 2023.