The award winning Kabantu are a collective from Manchester who unravel new marriages of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures collaborate.
“Kabantu” means “of the people” – stemming from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu – “I am what I am because of who we all are”. This is autonomous music bridging countries and cultures. An egalitarian creative process to defy genre and embrace sheer joy in music from all over the globe.
2019 saw Kabantu collaborate with the BBC Singers and tour with Welsh orchestra Sinfonia Cymru. They also featured as a guest artist in Yolanda Brown’s, ‘Yolanda’s Band Jam’ on CBeebies.
Each year in partnership with English Folk Expo we work with an international territory to highlight new talent and ensure Manchester Folk Festival continues to celebrate a global talent. This year we welcome artists from Hungary.
Ötödik évszak (Fifth season) play urban music with acoustic folk instrumentation. Their melodies evoke a melancholic, romantic picture of a city infused with the spirit of Hungarian folk heritage and the memory of French salons. Their music is born in an urban setting and pays respect to tradition, playfully combining these two worlds.
All band members are true contemporary masters of authentic folk music.
The band’s leader, Sándor CSOÓRI Jr. is an acknowledged composer, musician and performer, founding member of Buda Folk Band. His relationship to folk and world music dates back to before his birth, as his father is a founding member of the renowned folk music band Muzsikás.
This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – an urban folk festival. It takes place from 21-23 October 2021, in and around HOME and the city centre. Over the autumn weekend, they present an exhilarating range of events, with the spotlight on contemporary and traditional English folk music.