Kasai Masai’s music reflects their journey from rural to urban, performing music which has been passed on from generation to generation and combined with their own contemporary style.
Written in Swahili, Lingala and Kimongo, Kasai Masai’s lyrics portray the cultural diversity of Congo where more than four hundred languages are spoken. Kasai Masai’s original compositions have moved beyond traditional expectations of Congolese music with their galloping rhythms, strong melodies, passionate beats, swinging guitars and moving saxophone.
Kasai Masai is led by percussionist, singer and dancer Nickens Nkoso. Nickens is a well known figure on the world music circuit. He has worked alongside international Congolese artists including Kanda Bongoman, Koffi Olomide, Papa Wemba, Madilu System, Canta Nyboma, Mose Fan Fan and Sam Mapangala.
In the UK, Nickens has been a member of Safroman’s All in One, Koko Kanyinda’s Soukous Koumbele, Robert Maseko’s Congo Beat, Mongo Ley’s Les Zaza, Muana Mousa’s Banda Banda, Nsimba Foggis’ Taxi Pata Pata, Micky Djo Lusala’s Soukous Gang, and Baboma.