Lokandes are fronted by whirldwind musical maestro Kanti Qena and related their name to the combination of two words: 'Crazy' and 'Andes' which represents the intention of their music: Crazy music from the Andes. The project aims to create alternative music, taking the melodies and energy of Andean music and bringing it up to date; creating a fusion of traditional roots and Afro-Andean rhythms with other contemporary genres such as Reggae, Cumbia, Ska, Jazz, Son, Rumba Folk and funky Latin rhythms.
They unite musicians and instruments from Peru, Bolivia, Spain, France, China, Chile and the UK, and set their highly original music, alongside socially conscious lyrics and a super-tight rhythm section bringing awareness to Latin-American and worlwide cultures with their music.
The band had the opportunity to play on different venues like Notting hill arts club, Passing Clouds, Jazz Cafe, Coronet,The O2 - The British Music Experience - Millennium Dome, etc.. and festivals as Big Chill Fest, Love Box, Movimientos, Andean Connection, Shoreditch Festival, Carnaval del Pueblo(Burguess Park), Global Local, Latin Quarter, The Scoop, Kendal Callling, Secret Garden Party, London Mela at Gunnersbury Park, London Green Fair, Glastonbury , Vamos Festival, BT London river of live (Olympics 2012) among others music venues and festivals in the UK. They supported in London the legendary band Los Kjarkas & Susana Baca, Miki Gonzalez in their London shows. This year new highlights and special shows confirmed at Rhythmtree Festival & Bestival 2013 - Isle of Wight.
"..An enjoyable listening experience and unique style.."***** Susana Baca
released 24 February 2012
MC Magico, Kieffer Santander for their collaboration of this album.
Cal Jader, Carlitos Nino, Manuel Arenas for their support.
Kanti Qena [ Carlos Saldana], Jeanette Rojas Phaxsi Coca, Ayoze Hernandez, Gaby Lavenant, Joe James, Feng Bao and all the musicians involved in this project during their beginnings.
Johnny Rodriguez, Alx Alfaro, Tora Koike.