Zitakula is equal parts high-energy funk and a hypnotic trip around the southern hemisphere.
In the past three years, Zitakula has played dozens of festivals with their own infectious brand of funk, afrobeat and tropical grooves, setting thousands of feet loose on the dance floor in nearly a hundred shows. They have played at Oerol, Noorderslag, Wicked Jazz Sounds Festival, Zwarte Cross, 22Fest, Summer Jazz, Valkhof Festival, Welcome to the Village and Noorderzon, Paradiso and de Melkweg, among others—and were featured in Dutch television show De Wereld Draait Door.
Working harder than ever before, the band is preparing to record their long-overdue full-length debut this fall with singer Sandy Miessi Bakomi, the new face and fabulous new voice of Zitakula. Taking their cues from original masters like Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, and ethiojazz great Mulatu Astatke, they are exploring the possibilities of an afrobeat eight-piece. Stir in a bit of psychedelic rock, and some masters of the modern jazz and soul scene and you might have an idea where Zitakula’s heading. The release date is set early in 2017.
Sandy Miessi Bakomi (vocals)
Luc Janssens (trumpet & percussion)
Wolf Bierens (alt sax & shekere)
Mark Oomen (tenor sax, guitar & conga's)
Camiel van Zilfhout (guitar)
Mathijs Boom (keys)
Pieter Wolter (bass)
Robbert Jaspers (drums)