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SONS OF KEMET
Thu 7 April 2016, 21:00 – 23:00 BST
Moving On Music presents Mobo award-winners Sons Of Kemet, Thursday 7th April at the Black Box.
The rambunctious double-drumming quartet led by saxophonist/clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings, erupted onto the scene in 2013 with their album Burn, securing rave reviews and an immediate fan base. Their newest album Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do, has continued this momentum securing spots on many Albums of the Year lists including Jim Caroll’s end of year round-up, and Gilles Peterson’s 2015 list.
Hutchings draws on a motley collection of influences, bringing links to early Caribbean and Rastafarian music, Afrobeat rhythms and funky New Orleans brass into play. This intriguing melting pot is fuelled by the voracious beats of the two drummers Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford and overlaid with Theon Cross’s versatile tuba playing, which lends both bass and melody to the tracks.
This is jazz, but perhaps not as you know it. It’s fresh, accessible and loaded with cultural capitol. The quartet creates eloquent sound-worlds; their music is imbued with cultural commentary, layered into the oppressive drumbeats and drawling saxophone. They can shift tone in an instant, carrying the audience with them into previously untraveled sonic worlds.
“Two years ago, Sons of Kemet were already blowing live audiences away and fascinating listeners on record – they do it even better now.” – The Guardian
“The most fun you can have with a saxophone, a tuba and two drum kits… a swirling brew of rhythm” - The Times
“I strongly urge you to go and see this band live” – Gilles Peterson
“This is Jazz like you’ve never heard before” – The Guardian
“Rasta rhythms, Middle-East and West-African melodies and straight-up rock Energy to ignite a dance floor” – The Quietus