Preview: Sons of Kemet @ Somerset House (London; Saturday 13th July 2019)

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On Saturday 13th July, Somerset House presents a concert from Sons of Kemet with Sampa the Great and D Double E. This is part of its impressive 2019 Summer series (which includes the likes of Rosalía, Nao, and Jacob Banks).

Sons of Kemet’s 2018 album, Your Queen is a Reptile, still gives me the best kind of shivers upon listening to it. The passionate verse of opening track ‘My Queen is Ada Eastman’, proclaiming “we’re still here”, is a great introduction to the unique energy that this group bring to the jazz scene. Sons of Kemet fuse free jazz with music from around the world – elements of Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and more abound in their sound.

Formed in 2011, the London jazz group is led by famed saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, who I’ve had the pleasure of watching several times in his other bands, such as The Comet Is Coming. His performances are always absolutely electric, and fused with the hypnotic percussive elements of Sons of Kemet’s Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick, you’re sure to be on your feet dancing throughout the whole performance.

The band are in high demand, having played an incredible show this past week at Glastonbury, on the Park Stage, as well as a collaboration with contemporaries the Ezra Collective. The Somerset House show will feature special guest and ‘one to watch’ Sampa the Great – who also played Glastonbury over the weekend. A collaboration with this Zambian-born rapper is not to be missed!

Tickets are on sale now for this incredible live experience. Get yours here before they sell out.

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