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For his début on the label impulse!, Shabaka Hutchings is performing with Sons Of Kemet, the group which probably resembles him the most. A prestigious orange and black label, at one time very politically engaged: it seems impulse! and Hutchings were meant for each other. “So many of my musical heroes including John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders have been housed under this record label, it’s an honour to join the family.”, the star said of the blossoming contemporary British jazz scene...

The brilliant saxophonist is turning out project and pieces one after another, (Sun Ra Arkestra, Heliocentrics, Anthony Joseph, Floating Points) and is voraciously working his way through bands: The Comet Is Coming, Melt Yourself Down, Shabaka And The Ancestors, and now Sons Of Kemet, which have been going since 2011. Born in London in 1984, Hutchings spent his youth in Barbados where he studied classical clarinet before playing in calypso and reggae groups, later to be joined by Soweto Kinch, who plays here with co-conspirators Theon Cross on tuba and two drummers, Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick. His quartet's atypical jazz pays little heed to stylistic boundaries as it celebrates the way that they Caribbean diaspora in the UK constantly explores its identity. Recorded in London with guests like Jungle legend Congo Natty or poet Joshua Idehen, this third album from Sons Of Kemet is also a manifesto denouncing what Hutchings and his friends call the injustice of the British monarchy, an oppressive political system that they say underpins social inequalities and racial discrimination. Rejecting the unequal system embodied by the Queen of England, they propose an alternative, celebrating other Queens. "Our Queens walked among us. Our Queens led by action, by example, our Queens listened. Our Queens made bright futures out of cruel and unfair pasts." Every composition on the album pays homage to a different queen: My Queen is Ada Eastman, My Queen is Harriet Tubman, My Queen is Angela Davis, My Queen is Yaa Asantewaa.

Musically, Your Queen Is A Reptile delves as much into the musical heritage of New Orleans as that of London, the Caribbean or the Middle East. Even rap, spoken word and dub are brought in to enrich this protean jazz which lends a real and contemporary identity to the impulse! label, which is synonymous with stylistic battles from the 1960s and 1970s. Powerful © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
My Queen Is Ada Eastman
00:06:39

Tom Skinner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Seb Rochford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Shabaka Hutchings, Producer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sons Of Kemet, MainArtist - Joshua Idehen, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dilip Harris, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Theon Cross, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
My Queen Is Mamie Phipps Clark
00:05:29

Tom Skinner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Seb Rochford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Congo Natty, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Shabaka Hutchings, Producer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sons Of Kemet, MainArtist - Dilip Harris, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Theon Cross, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Mikail Tafari, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
My Queen Is Harriet Tubman
00:05:37

Tom Skinner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Hick, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Shabaka Hutchings, Producer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sons Of Kemet, MainArtist - Dilip Harris, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Theon Cross, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Moses Boyd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
My Queen Is Anna Julia Cooper
00:05:04

Tom Skinner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Seb Rochford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sebastian Rochford, ComposerLyricist - Pete Wareham, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Shabaka Hutchings, Producer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sons Of Kemet, MainArtist - Dilip Harris, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Theon Cross, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
My Queen Is Angela Davis
00:06:33

Tom Skinner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Seb Rochford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Shabaka Hutchings, Producer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sons Of Kemet, MainArtist - Dilip Harris, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Theon Cross, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
My Queen Is Nanny Of The Maroons
00:06:41

Tom Skinner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Seb Rochford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sebastian Rochford, ComposerLyricist - Shabaka Hutchings, Producer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sons Of Kemet, MainArtist - Dilip Harris, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Theon Cross, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
My Queen Is Yaa Asantewaa
00:07:01

Tom Skinner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Hick, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Shabaka Hutchings, Producer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sons Of Kemet, MainArtist - Dilip Harris, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nubya Garcia, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Theon Cross, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Moses Boyd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
My Queen Is Albertina Sisulu
00:05:14

Tom Skinner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Seb Rochford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Hick, ComposerLyricist - Shabaka Hutchings, Producer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sons Of Kemet, MainArtist - Dilip Harris, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Theon Cross, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Moses Boyd, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
My Queen Is Doreen Lawrence
00:06:47

Tom Skinner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Seb Rochford, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sebastian Rochford, ComposerLyricist - Shabaka Hutchings, Producer, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sons Of Kemet, MainArtist - Joshua Idehen, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dilip Harris, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maxwell Hallett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Theon Cross, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2018 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

For his début on the label impulse!, Shabaka Hutchings is performing with Sons Of Kemet, the group which probably resembles him the most. A prestigious orange and black label, at one time very politically engaged: it seems impulse! and Hutchings were meant for each other. “So many of my musical heroes including John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders have been housed under this record label, it’s an honour to join the family.”, the star said of the blossoming contemporary British jazz scene...

The brilliant saxophonist is turning out project and pieces one after another, (Sun Ra Arkestra, Heliocentrics, Anthony Joseph, Floating Points) and is voraciously working his way through bands: The Comet Is Coming, Melt Yourself Down, Shabaka And The Ancestors, and now Sons Of Kemet, which have been going since 2011. Born in London in 1984, Hutchings spent his youth in Barbados where he studied classical clarinet before playing in calypso and reggae groups, later to be joined by Soweto Kinch, who plays here with co-conspirators Theon Cross on tuba and two drummers, Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick. His quartet's atypical jazz pays little heed to stylistic boundaries as it celebrates the way that they Caribbean diaspora in the UK constantly explores its identity. Recorded in London with guests like Jungle legend Congo Natty or poet Joshua Idehen, this third album from Sons Of Kemet is also a manifesto denouncing what Hutchings and his friends call the injustice of the British monarchy, an oppressive political system that they say underpins social inequalities and racial discrimination. Rejecting the unequal system embodied by the Queen of England, they propose an alternative, celebrating other Queens. "Our Queens walked among us. Our Queens led by action, by example, our Queens listened. Our Queens made bright futures out of cruel and unfair pasts." Every composition on the album pays homage to a different queen: My Queen is Ada Eastman, My Queen is Harriet Tubman, My Queen is Angela Davis, My Queen is Yaa Asantewaa.

Musically, Your Queen Is A Reptile delves as much into the musical heritage of New Orleans as that of London, the Caribbean or the Middle East. Even rap, spoken word and dub are brought in to enrich this protean jazz which lends a real and contemporary identity to the impulse! label, which is synonymous with stylistic battles from the 1960s and 1970s. Powerful © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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