MOBO award-winners Sons of Kemet - kinetic, earth-shaking and with an electrifying live performance, the band features four of the UK jazz scene’s brightest stars, culminating in a revolutionary mix of music that spans jazz, rock, dub and Caribbean folk.
The band has since been nominated a UMA Award and also at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards. Led by saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and ‘BBC New Generation Artist’ Shabaka Hutchings, Sons of Kemet features Theon Cross on tuba and both Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Babyshambles) and Tom Skinner (Melt Yourself Down, Mulatu Astatke) on drums. Hypnotic double drum rhythms frame the colourful interplay of saxophone, clarinet and tuba as the original compositions are brought to life by four fiercely creative musicians.
Sessions on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz On 3 and at Maida Vale Studios for BBC Radio 2, a collaboration with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the London Jazz Festival and appearances at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Latitude Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, The Barbican and Ronnie Scott’ s have catapulted the band into the limelight. Their debut album ‘Burn’ ( Naim Records) was one of the truly standout releases of 2013 and picked them up a major deal to provide the soundtrack for GAP’s national TV advertising campaign directed by David Fincher.
“One of the hippest new UK bands... almost certain to dominate the ‘best of’ lists at the end of the year” The Guardian
“The most fun you can have with a saxophone, a tuba and two drum kits… a swirling brew of rhythm” The Times
“I strongly urge you to go and see this band live” Gilles Peterson
"Exciting, original and doesn't disappoint" BBC Music Magazine
"Mesmerising trance music of great power... thrilling" Independent
"Sons of Kemet deliver stealthy riffs, intriguing textures, and a whopping beat..." Financial Times
“One of the most original ensembles in recent British Jazz” Jazzwise
“This is Jazz like you’ve never heard before” The Guardian
“Rasta rhythms, Middle-East and West-African melodies and straight-up rock Energy to ignite a dance floor” The Quietus
“Left leaning, elephant funk based Miles stuff for the fourth stream. With the kind of progressive edge that could make fans of "Bitches Brew" feel like moldy figs, this is what the future of progressive jazz sounds like. Not for the faint of heart,” Midwest Review, USA
“Their performances landing on an unsuspecting crowd like a petrol bomb on seasoned timber” The Arts Desk
Shabaka Hutchings - Sax
Theon Cross - Tuba
Seb Rochford - Drums