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Me & My Friends | Kabantu

  • St Mary's Music Hall E17 9RJ (map)




There is an enchanting delicacy to the sound produced by Me and My Friends that you wouldn’t perhaps expect from a band whose primary influences include highlife, afro-beat and roots reggae. A unique and singular blend, it’s the sound of English folk colliding head-on with the golden-era music of 1970s West Africa and the Caribbean. Beautiful harmonies, stunning clarinet and cello lines, and mesmerizing bass and drum patterns all cradle the exquisite finger-picking guitar of chief songwriter and vocalist Nick Rasle. These are vintage sounds brilliantly blended with modern English folk and hints of jazz and the life-affirming result is both sumptuous and enthralling.

“Unusual instrumental forces create a sublime fusion that combines pastoral dreaminess with the heat of reggae, highlife and Afrobeat sounds” – Songlines Magazine.

Having wowed audiences across the UK with their whirlwind live show, the quintet released their second album to critical acclaim on Soundway Records in 2016.



Kabantu are a quintet from Manchester who have been charming and elevating audiences across the UK with their high-octane and percussive live workouts blending roots, jazz & classical music from around the world.

“Such a refreshing group with an exciting future ahead” – Lopa Kothari (BBC Radio 3)

The band’s songbook unravels new marriages of music from around the globe. Vocal harmonies of South Africa coalesce with everything from Celtic reels and Brazilian samba to Balkan folk music and beyond. Kabantu throw away the rulebook to bridge countries and cultures, creating an exuberant and joyful sound.

Later Event: June 15
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