Playing tracks by
Afriquoi, Shabaka and the Ancestors, Sons Of Kemet, Hieroglyphic Being, Sarathy Korwar & Shabaka Hutchings, The Comet Is Coming and more.
Shabaka Hutchings was born in London but raised in his parents' native Barbados, He picked up the clarinet at nine, practicing it by mimicking the flows of Nas, Biggie and Tupac verses he was hearing on the radio, and the hyper rhythms of the local Carnival, before returning to England to receive a classical-music degree on the instrument. Slightly older and more experienced than his London peers, he's given more contemplation to where they fit in the musical landscape, while also being the first to transcend his niche, via his Impulse! signing. "The people I revere as master jazz musicians have said they don't want the word, Jazz" he continues. "It's limiting. It tells them more what they can't be than what they can.
Photo by Mitchy Bwoy