In their relatively short career, Kae Tempest has already picked up two nominations for the Mercury Prize – Britain’s leading music award. As many as Oasis, The xx and alt-J. Okay, in an ideal world, they would have cashed in on those nominations too, but admit it, that’s not bad for a quirky rapper from a London suburb who spends half her time doing literature, theatre – Guy Cassiers based his play Tiresias on one of their lyrics – and poetry. It will therefore not surprise anyone that Tempest brings a mix of hip-hop and spoken word, but what should be surprising is that they even influenced Jay-Z with it. After their (super) producer Rick Rubin played some demos of her latest album The Book of Traps and Lessons to the rapper, he suddenly said: “Okay, I’m going home. I know what I need to do now.” A few months later, Jay-Z released 4:44, by far his best and most introspective record in years. That’s the effect Kae Tempest has on people. And demigods. Add to that their brand new album The Line is A Curve and with Kae’s characteristic lyrics and powerful performance, their arrival at Gent Jazz is already one for the history books.
Kae Tempest: vocals
Hinako Omori: keys
39€ (standard) / 29€ (- 26) / 8€ (3 - 12)
- 23h00 - 00h15: STIKSTOF
- 20h45 - 22h00: Kae Tempest
- 18h45 - 20h00: Sylvie Kreusch
- 17h00 - 18h00: Tsar B
Your ticket gives you access to all concerts of this festival day.