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Grupo Lokito fuse contemporary Congolese and Cuban music creating a modern day cocktail of two of the great world musics.

Based in London, the band have taken the UK by storm, wowing festivals and the club circuit alike with their blistering grooves and outlandish dance moves.

The glorious melodious vocals of Congolese front men Eugene Makuta and Iddo Donnatella blends with soaring guitars courtesy of Congolese guitar hero Mbokalia, rhythmic grooves from Chocolat and the lilting keyboards of Sara. All of this sits on top of the rhythmic powerhouse team of Michel (drums), Emeris (Congas) and Elpidio (bass).

Since their formation in 2006 the band have gone from strength to strength, completing several UK tours and building a solid following. As if the grooves weren’t enough, the band have developed a rapport with their audiences which gets everyone up on their feet.

Grupo Lokito write their own original tunes: stories of life ranging from love tales, reflections on the trials facing musicians trying to make a home away from home, wisdom of the elders to the simple joy of dancing.

The band are currently recording new material for release later this year. 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. 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).


Eugene Makuta – Vocals

Iddo Donnatella – Vocals

Burkina Faso – Lead Guitar

Chocolat – Rhythm Guitar

Sara McGuinness – Keyboards/Bandleader

Elpidio Alegria – Bass/Vocals

Emeris Solis – Congas

Michel Castellanos – Drums

Yelfris Valdes - Trumpet

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We specialise in these genres:

  • Salsa
  • African music
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We play these instruments:

  • Cuban music
  • African music
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    7 piece band featuring 2 lead vocalists, guitar, keyboards, congas and drum kit. A highly danceable mix of Cuban and Congolese music. We can tailor the set to your needs from older mellow sounds such as Buena Vista Social Club and Franco and OK Jazz to hot, contemporary Congolese rumba and Cuban salsa. The singers are also great dancers and, where appropriate, are skilled at getting the audience involved in the dance moves.

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Booked Grupo Lokito for a Wedding
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Grupo Lokito played at our wedding on New Year’s Eve - and wow what a performance! Sara and the rest of the band were a joy to watch - they have so much energy and are incredibly talented. Their music is infectious and you can’t help but dance. Everyone, young and old, loved their set and was talking about it afterwards!

It was great working with Sara who is highly professional and dedicated. I’m just sorry we didn’t have more time to hear more of their music in a longer set. Thank you Grupo Lokito!

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