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SOWETO KINCH TRIO

SOWETO KINCH - saxophone, vocals, composition | NICK JURD - bass | GREGORY HUTCHINSON - drums

In the space of fifteen years, Soweto Kinch became one of the key figures of the new London scene. Based on his origins (Jamaica and Barbados), he created a dynamic combination of the urban culture he lives in, hip-hop and jazz he likes unconditionally, and his political commitment. Each appearance of his trio, as lively as original, is a stunning account of a boundless music’s richness, always merged with today’s issues.

"Convergence To A Singularity", Nonagram, Soweto Kinch Records, 2016
 

SONS OF KEMET

SHABAKA HUTCHINGS - saxophone, clarinet | OREN MARSHALL - tuba | SEB ROCHFORD, TOM SKINNER - drums

These Sons of Kemet have endorsed anthropologist Cheikh Anta Diop’s theory that states Egypt was the originator of a Black civilization whose attested name, Kemet, may come from the verbal root kem or “black” that would refer to its first inhabitants’ color skin who came from the Nile valley (Shabaka Hutchings bears the name of a Nubian pharaoh-philosopher). The saxophonist, who was dubbed by Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra, and is a reader of George Lamming and Octavia Butler, claims this is also about afro-futurism, about "poetizing the past, drawing it in the present and future. All these tenses agree".

"In the Castle of My Skin", Lest We Forget What Came Here To Do', Naïm Jazz, 2016