What more can we say about Sons of Kemet? Right from the release of their debut album and their appearance at Druga Godba 2015, one of their first in mainland Europe, their trajectory has been ever upwards – to the point where they are now the planet’s most influential danceable jazz group.
Most of the credit for this goes, of course, to relentless leader Shabaka Hutchings, whose musical vision and youthful approach, which takes in Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Ethio-Jazz, free jazz and dub, have revived the London jazz scene and encouraged thousands of young followers to take to the stage the world over.
Shabaka has made jazz cool again, be it with the hybrid project The Comet Is Coming (who can forget their monstrous performance at a packed Kino Šiška in February 2020?), The Ancestors or Sons of Kemet, who are the most rhythmically grounded of the three. In only a few short years, Sons of Kemet have produced more hits than most other bands manage in a lifetime.
Their fourth album, Black to the Future, which came out last year on Impulse/Universal, brought together a crew of top vocalists. Among them was the multi-talented and charismatic Moor Mother, who will, you can be sure, join the group on stage for the superb ‘Pick Up Your Burning Cross’. After that, anything is possible. It’s as clear as day: anyone who manages to weather this dance storm to the end will live for 100 years.
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