Sons of Kemet
THURSDAY 26TH JUNE 2014
*subject to licence
Winners of the MOBO award for Best Jazz Act 2013, Sons of Kemet’s music draws on jazz tradition, Jamaican heritage and New Orleans street music to produce music that is powerful, lyrical and, above all, fiercely original.
The combined credentials of the band members is more than impressive, including Radiohead, Courtney Pine, Matthew Herbert, Zero 7, Polar Bear, performing with Mulato Astatke and the BBC Concert Orchestra and many more.
Saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings was inspired by the work of two visionary Jamaican musicians Count Ossie and Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks and the links between the music of New Orleans and West Africa.
Featuring twin percussion team that gives Sons of Kemet their compelling and infectious sound, Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford’s exchanges of rhythmic ideas is an unforgettable experience. Throw into this one of the great wild cards of contemporary British music, Oren Marshall on tuba and you have a truly unorthodox configuration
Expect idiosyncratic but danceable grooves, improvised twists and a passion and conviction which set this new band apart. Jazzwise magazine describe Sons of Kemet as “easily the most exciting band …on the new BritJazz scene over the last year.”