Shabaka & the Ancestors
Friday 17 July 2020 / 18.15-19.30 h. / Main Stage
Shabaka Hutchings (tenor sax and clarinet), Mthunzi Mvubu (alto sax), Siyabonga Mthembu (vocals), Ariel Zamonsky (bass), Tumi Mogorosi (drums), Gontse Makhene – (percussions)
Doors open at 15.30 h.
Your ticket gives you access to all concerts of this festival day.
This is a standing concert day.
It is never really quiet around Shabaka Hutchings: if the London jazz scene is a universe, then Hutchings is the sun in that universe. And suns or sun gods – we double-checked this on the NASA website to save you the trouble – never stand still. The British saxophonist let the sun shine in recent years with Sons of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming. And he was nominated twice for the prestigious Mercury Prize. But it has been four years since he released a record on the Gilles Peterson label with his troop, The Ancestors. That is changing this year with the excellent album We Are Sent Here By History – recorded in South Africa, mind you, since according to the Brit, that is where things are happening right now. ‘I prefer not to use the term “spiritual jazz”’, Hutchings says, ‘but that is one of the things that the South African musicians have taught me: that music has a greater purpose, and that it should be a revelation for the audience.’ You have been warned.