Le Guess Who?’s Who 2018: Yonatan Gat

There’s less than two weeks to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

Yonatan Gat

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Performing Thursday 8th November at TivoliVredenburg, with The Eastern Medicine Singers

Yonatan Gat has been stirring it up for a long time, first as the founder and one half of cult riotous band Monotonix, and in recent years as a solo artist, keeping the same ferocious energy. A wildly inventive and prolific guitar virtuoso, his compositions combine an improvised free jazz approach and influences from all over the place. Gat is heading to Le Guess Who? with Native American powwow drum group The Eastern Medicine Singers, bringing his recent second album Universalists to audiences at the festival. We’ve asked him what other bands he is looking forward to and as it was no easy task, Gat picked only bands that he played with recently. Find out his recommendations below, with a few words from him.


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Performing Thursday 8th November at TivoliVredenburg

“I improvised with Rully, along with Arrington De Dionsyo and Brian Chase once in Brooklyn. It was deep. Rully and Arrington were summoning the demons. An audience member put a strange, terrifying mask over his head and started dancing with it in the front row, I was hallucinating from the music, close to terrified, but one can never gets truly scared when you’re performing, every emotion just becomes a positive experience and a part of the music. I never felt that way until I heard Rully sing.”

Sons of Kemet

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Performing Saturday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Shabaka Hutchings

“I just played with them in LA two weeks ago. They are versatile. they were making everyone dance, and then everyone were standing watching, then dancing again.I remember the show ended very sweetly with a pindrop, lengthy, tender saxophone solo.”


Hailu Mergia


Performing Saturday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

“we played right before him in a festival in North Carolina in September. The organ sounds like an accordion and the accordion sounds like an organ. At the end of the day it could have only come out of Ethiopian music, and it could only sound like him.”

Le Guess Who? will take place 8-11 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Sons Of Kemet drop second album Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do

Sons Of Kemet - Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do

Following the critically acclaimed 2013 album Burn, Sons Of Kemet have just dropped their somophore album, Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do, last week. Shabaka Hutchings, the prodigious clarinettist, saxophonist and composer at the helm of this vibrant polyrhythmic quartet, conceived the album as a continuation of their debut work’s themes, describing it as ‘a meditation on the Caribbean diaspora in Britain’.
‘The realisation dawned after I’d started writing these tunes,’ explained Hutchings. ‘I was thinking of my grandmother’s generation from the Caribbean, who came here to work incredibly hard, and also what it means to be a black person in Britain now, especially a generation of youth experiencing high unemployment, and those elements of society who are not always easy to see.’

Make sure you nab a copy of Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do if you haven’t yet. And to whet your appetite, here’s two gems from the album, the opening track ‘In Memory Of Samir Awad’ and ‘In The Castle Of My Skin’. The latter comes with a fitting video featuring pantsula dancers from the Indigenous Dance Academy. The video was shot in Johannesburg and directed by Lebogang Rasethaba.

Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do is out now via Naim Jazz Records.

Sons of Kemet’s ‘The Itis’ remixed by Micachu

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One of our absolute favourite albums released this year, Burn, comes from the hands of London based quartet Sons of Kemet. Hot on the heels of winning the MOBO award for ‘Best Jazz Act’, Sons of Kemet have unveiled a remix of ‘The Itis’ by Micachu. The original track is lifted from Burn. Listen to the remix below.
Sons Of Kemet’s incredibly talented frontman Shabaka Hutchings put together the latest instalment of our monthly mixtape. Be sure to check it out.

Mixtape #44

This month we have the immense privilege of having Shabaka Hutchings pick some of his favourite tracks for our mixtape. The very talented clarinettist, saxophonist and composer at the helm of Sons of Kemet, the vibrant polyrhythmic quartet from London, takes us on a musical odyssey with tunes from all over the planet. His selection defies classification but it clearly points towards a lush paradise where reeds and drums reign supreme.


Sons of Kemet unveil video for new track ahead of debut album

Sons of Kemet - Burn

Burn, the highly anticipated debut album from London born, Barbados bred Shabaka Hutchings’s project Sons of Kemet arrives in just a week. To help bring his project to life, the prodigious clarinettist, saxophonist and composer enlisted some of London’s most talented musicians – Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford on drums and Oren Marshall on tuba.
Due out on September 9th via Naim Jazz Records, Burn encapsulates Shabaka’s myriad of influences and his own heritage, blending elements of jazz, Caribbean folk music and African Diasporan history.
“I thought none of the music I’m playing had a Caribbean accent, so I wanted to have that influence,” said Hutchings. “I wanted it to be that deeper thing that links into the African Diaspora but isn’t clichéd, where you hear it and think this is that nice happy music from the islands.”

Sons of Kemet have recently premiered a video for the fierce and hypnotic ‘Inner Babylon’, offering a tantalizing glimpse at what might be one of our favourite albums of the year. The video was directed by Czlowiek Kamera, watch it now.