Series: Season 9 2018-2019
Date: Wed 27 Mar 2019 - 7:00pm
Venue: St Mary's Church Hall, Market Square, Sandbach, CW11 1HD

Kabantu is a quintet from Manchester who unravel new marriages of music from around the world to celebrate the space where different cultures meet, from Scotland to South Africa to Brazil, defying genre to embrace sheer joy in music.  Promoted in conjunction with the Royal Over-Seas League.


5:00pm Pre-concert Early Bird meal at La Casa Mia (not included in the ticket)

Why not make an evening of it and book your pre-concert dinner at La Casa Mia who are kindly helping to sponsor the concert series



6:30pm Doors open

7:00: Spotlight Concert

Music performed by talented young people from Sandbach


7:30 Intermission

Art Exhibition by  Joan Vickers from Sandbach Art Club


raffle in aid of piano hire for next season


8:00 Main Concert

Programme to be announced




Reinventing Global Sounds, Throwing Away the Rulebook.

“immaculate five-part harmonies…a rousing display of fine musicianship”


The Guardian

Kabantu is a quintet 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.

Highlights so far include performing at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, live sessions for BBC Free Thinking Festival, BBC Radio 3 In Tune, World on 3, a TedX Talk to a sold-out Bridgewater Hall and an array of prestigious festivals and venues across the UK including Cadogan Hall, The Sage Gateshead, St.-Martin’s-in-the-Fields, Orkney Folk Festival, Aldeburgh Music, Celtic Connections, Musicport, Spitalfields Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival.

Kabantu are the winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition 2017 £10,000 Mixed Ensemble Prize.

In 2018 Kabantu released their debut album “Of the People” to critical acclaim, produced by Mercury-nominated Gerry Diver and supported by the Hattori Foundation and the PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Music Creators.

2019 sees Kabantu collaborate creatively with the BBC Singers and a tour of England and Wales with Welsh orchestra Sinfonia Cymru. They also tour Switzerland and even feature as guest artist in Yolanda Brown’s brand-new show for CBeebies.

“audacious, in-yer-face eclecticism.. a global experimentalism that is both breathtaking and very refreshing”

Songlines Magazine

Kabantu are also delighted to be Folk Alliance International Official Artists 2019, Selected Making Music Artists 2016-17, Live Music Now, Hattori Foundation and BBC Introducing Artists.