Sons of Kemet (UK)
”Your Queen is a Reptile”
Shabaka Hutchings – saxophone
Theon Cross – tuba
Tom Skinner – drums
Eddie Hick – drums
Sebatien Renaud – FOH engineer
Sons Of Kemet is the iconoclastic mix of tenor sax, tuba and double drums.
Led by saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, the MOBO award-winning Sons Of Kemet features Theon Cross on tuba and both Tom Skinner (Hello Skinny, Mulatu Astatke) and Eddie Hick (Roots Manuva, Gilad Atzmon) on drums. Hypnotic double drum rhythms frame the colourful interplay of saxophone and tuba as the original compositions are brought to life by four fiercely creative musicians.
On this third studio album, which they’ll present at the 10th edition of GHJFest, SOK brings a genre defying approach, which celebrates the restless exploration of identity within the Caribbean diaspora within the U.K.
”Your Queen is a Reptile” was recorded in London with a host of guests spanning the breadth of the UK scene including jungle legend Congo Natty and poet Joshua Idehen.
Recently signed to the iconic Impulse! Label, ”Your Queen is a Reptile” was released worldwide on March 30th, 2018.
”Now more than ever, the easiest answer to that pesky question — what’s keeping jazz vital these days? — appears to lie in London. And much of the serious activity there runs through Shabaka Hutchings.
As Mr. Hutchings spreads his wings, he is presenting an opportunity for listeners to fall in love with a sound that’s got the timeless assets of jazz — rebellion, collectivity, emotive abstraction — but doesn’t feel weighed down by its own past.” (Giovanni Russonello – The New York Times)