Sons of Kermet
Shabaka Hutchings – Saxophone
Theon Cross – Tuba
Tom Skinner: Drums
Eddie Hicks – Drums
MOBO award-winners Sons of Kemet is a rambunctious double-drumming quartet led by saxophonist/clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings, creating a revolutionary mix of jazz, rock, dub and Caribbean folk.
Hutchings draws on a motley collection of influences, bringing links to early Caribbean and Rastafarian music, Afrobeat rhythms and funky New Orleans brass into play. This intriguing melting pot is fuelled by the voracious beats of the two drummers Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick, overlaid with Theon Cross’s versatile tuba playing, which lends both bass and melody to the tracks. Their eagerly awaited third record, Your Queen is a Reptile, will be released on 30 March on the iconic Impulse! label.
This is jazz, but perhaps not as you know it. It’s fresh, accessible, loaded with cultural capital…and you will dance.
“One of the hippest new UK bands… almost certain to dominate the ‘best of’ lists at the end of the year”
– The Guardian
“I strongly urge you to go and see this band live”
– Gilles Peterson
Subtle and tranquil
– Dublin Jazz