About Original Roots

Original Roots is a series of live music events with a world-jazz fusion angle, that take place in our wonderful living room. On Friday 23rd August it is with great pleasure that we welcome LOKANDES to the living room stage.

About the artist

Lokandes is 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 in their first phase 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. Nowadays the bands is in their second phase and are keeping their multiculturalists essence with musicians from Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Canaries Isle and the UK.

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), Rhythmtree Festival & Bestival 2013 – Isle of Wight, Royal Festival Hall part of Southbank winter festival 2014, Horniman museum Garden , Standom Calling 2014, Chili Fiesta 2015, among others music venues and festivals in the UK such as Passing Clouds, Notting Hill art club, Bolivar Hall, The Forge – Camden, Jam in a Jar, Momo’s underground, Union Chapel 2017 & Jazz Café 2018.

They supported in London the legendary band Los Kjarkas & Susana Baca, Juanito Ayala, Miki Gonzalez, Jenny and the Mexicats in their London shows.

“..An enjoyable listening experience and unique style..”***** Susana Baca

Lokandes project started in London during December 2007, by Carlos Saldaña [Kanti Qena] and set up the full band between the 2008 and 2009.

The members of the band are diverse in their first phase are: Kanti Qena (Peru), Jeanette Rojas (Bolivia), Ayose de Alejandro (Canarian Island) , Joe James (England), Feng Bao (China ), Gabriel Lavenant (France), Kieffer Santander(Peru).

Actually the band are conformed by: Kanti Qena (Peru), Jeanette Rojas (Bolivia), Kieffer Santander (Peru), Ruben Ramos (Panama), Yuri Betancourt (Chile), Ayoze de Alejandro (Canaries Island) & Giancarlo Garcia (Peru).

Their first release is called “Positive energy” and the second album will be released very soon.

Event Details

  • Live Performance 9 pm
  • DJ from 11 pm to  1:30 am


How to reach us 

Nearest Station:
Shoreditch High Street overground

Tube: Aldgate East & Liverpool Street

Bus: 67, 8, 242, 205, 35, 149, 26.

If you have any questions please contact us here