An amazing opportunity to experience one of the leading traditional African drumming groups touring outside Africa, in collaboration with a musician, dancer and ceremony leader from the Bwiti people of Gabon – an increasingly endangered traditional African religion right here in Frome!
The evening will be a cultural feast with Bwiti which is an ancient shamanic tradition, originally practiced solely by the forest peoples of the central African rain forest. Mbilou plays the Mung…ongo (the mouth bow with the monostring), the Ngoma-Ngombi (the sacred harp that speaks the voice of the ancestors), the Etsika (the Ciessi horse antelope horn used to call spirits) as well as various drums and shakers / bells.
Mbilou will be supported on tour by the Kakatsitsi, Master Drummers from Ghana who will work with Mbilou to develop a fusion set combining Bwiti influences with the funky, accessible drumming groups for which Kakatsitsi have become renowned. Over their 14 previous UK tours, , including main stage performances at the WOMAD and Shambala Festivals in 2017 on the West Holts Stage @ Glastonbury Festival (in fusion with The Orb) in 2013. Kakatsitsi have established themselves as one of the leading African drumming groups that tour outside Africa, renowned for the quality of their singing and their accessible, funky, dance-able drumming grooves.