Soothsayers And The Red Earth Collective

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Hornsmen and singers, Robin Hopcraft (trumpet) and Idris Rahman’s (saxophone) dynamic presence and great musicianship lead their audience on a sonic, organic journey with big vocal choruses and compelling horns. The vital, beautiful harmonies and lead vocals of Julia Biel, as well as Togolese bassist/singer Kush, also form an integral part of this seven-piece band’s multi-dimensional force.

Infused with the musical culture of the band’s base in Brixton, they display a deep respect and love for pan-African sounds that have profoundly influenced and been a basis and inspiration for so many contemporary musical genres.

While their debut album, Lost City, drew on the jazz tradition and the acclaimed follow-up disc, Tangled Roots, channeled funk and hip-hop alongside afro-beat and reggae, the two most recent albums, One More Reason (2009) and Red Earth Dub (2011), showcase their love of dub - harnessing deep grooves and mesmerizing sonic manipulation to perfectly compliment their pulsating Afro-beat rhythms and mighty horn arrangements. Their many influences range from Fela Kuti, The Wailers, Miles Davis, King Tubby and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry to The Specials, Hugh Masekela, Roots Manuva and Massive Attack.


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