Equator’s Women of the World present
Mistony and Kasai Masai
Sounds of equatorial Africa with a contemporary twist
Equator’s Women of the World brings leading African singer Mistony and Congolese Afro-jazz band Kasai Masai together in a spectacular show that blends the traditional sounds of remote equatorial African villages picking up a contemporary twist on the way.
Mistony has worked with greats like Koffi Olomide (Congo), Jose Chameleone (Uganda), Elephant Man (Jamaica), DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast), Iyanya (Nigeria), Kanda Bongo man (Congo) Jaguar (Kenya) and Top Cat (Jamaica).
Kasai Masai are a five piece band led by Nickens Nkoso. Playing ancestral music which has been passed on from generation to generation, their sound is rooted in the healing power of percussion and singing combined with the majestic Congolese guitar and jazz saxophone. At the passionate live shows audiences find it impossible to stand still in the presence of such absorbing African rhythms.
Written in Swahili, Lingala and Kimongo, the lyrics reflect the cultural diversity of a region where more than four hundred languages are spoken.
Nickens has previously collaborated with artists such as Koffi Olomide, Papa Wemba, Kanda Bongoman, Mose Fan Fan, Samba Mapangala and many more.
Kasai is a region of Congo that is named after a river, in the heart of the rainforest where many tribes maintain their traditional lifestyles. The Masai are a dignified tribe whose lives still centre around a nomadic existence.