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2013 17:00

Sons of Kemet

Sons of Kemet is the brainchild of young reeds player and Radio 3 New Generation Artist Shabaka Hutchings, whose ambition for this ensemble was to assemble the most unlikeliest of line-ups and allow them free rein for their distinct musical personalities to shine through. The resultant music is loud, earthy, vital, and refreshingly rough-edged at times but surprisingly danceable; the two drummers spur off each others’ energies and the tuba occupies a variety of roles from breathless walking bass to subtle, overdubbed layers of sound. Shabaka’s plaintive tone and uncluttered compositions frame the sound.

Sons of Kemet is a UK jazz supergroup, led by formidable horns man Shabaka Hutchings (Heliocentrics) and featuring not one, but two world class drummers Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Brian Eno), Tom Skinner (Mulatu Astatke) and tuba virtuoso Oren Marshall. 

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