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.
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.
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.
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.