Sons of Kemet are a British jazz group formed in 2011 that consists of Shabaka Hutchings, Tom Skinner, Theon Cross, and Eddie Hick. Seb Rochford quit Sons of Kemet in late 2016. The group uses saxophone and clarinet (Hutchings), tuba (Cross), and revolving cast of two drummers (Skinner, Hick) to make their music and plays a mixture of jazz, rock, Caribbean folk, and African music. Cross replaced Oren Marshall on tuba. Sons of Kemet won Best Jazz Act at the 2013 MOBO Awards.
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The Sons of Kemet’s peculiar forces of two drummers, tuba and reeds have been on the road for over two years now, their performances landing on an unsuspecting crowd like a petrol bomb on seasoned timber. With the tuba playing as part of both the rhythm and horn sections, the Sons can deploy both massive rhythmic firepower and potent melodic edge. This is still a stunningly vivid and original album, bursting with fresh ideas. What else could simultaneously provoke a rave and a panel discussion about the roots of jazz? Marshall massages from his beastly tuba a spectrum of sounds from the gentlest swooning murmur to a kind of raucous quake.
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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. 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.
Sons of Kemet make clear a continuum wherein the century-old jazz tradition, soca, and grime can all shout together. The British-based avant-garde jazz group Sons of Kemet use their third album Your Queen Is A Reptile to make a political statement about racial relationships between white and black communities by telling the everyday life stories of people of African-Caribbean heritage living in Britain throughout this album. Each track is named after women of African heritage and their connection to Britain's immigrant diaspora.