The Kabasa story
It all began in Greg's kitchen, where Andy Lowe and Greg got together every week to share a few beers and play some Cuban montunos.
more people joined in these sessions until there wasn't a whole lot of
space left! Andy's fluent Spanish and repertoire of Cuban songs (which
he had been performing for several years prior). Soon it was time to take things
out of the kitchen and cook up a storm on stage.
was born and our first gig under that name was for Golowan festival in
Penzance. It was one of the most enjoyable gigs we have ever played,
back then we had eleven people in the band! That put us on the map
locally and many more gigs followed as we continued to receive great
feedback from all kinds of audiences.
Kabasa playing in the Golowan Marquee (there were 12 of us on stage) in 2008.
The band continued to develop musically. We started playing private
parties and weddings as well as public gigs and festivals all over the
south west as word spread. Extensive tours of the South West for Carn
to Cove soon followed and later more gigs in Devon, sometimes to
gatherings who had never heard Latin music before and sometimes to
halls invaded by an army of keen Salsa dancers from nearby towns who
had heard we were in their area.
being what it is meant that the lineup changed over time and so did the
music, sometimes profoundly, sometimes subtly. One of the most
significant additions to the band is Marc Hadley, who joined Kabasa
after having played with Andy in another Latin band years earlier. He
arranges music as well as playing sax, flute - and singing. Another key
figure has been Simon, our conga player and sound guy, who also joined
the band very early on.
5 years at the mic, Andy left Cornwall and Matt Scott, a very talented latin guitarist joined us, and soon after David Ellis. The whole thing went electric and we loved what that did to our sound.
2017, and for the second time in the bands long history, we welcomed a female vocalist, this time Natalie Mossayebi who has helped take our harmonies to a another level.