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Shabaka Hutchings (GB)

About Shabaka Hutchings

Shabaka Hutchings (born in 1984, London) is a saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader. He lives in a South-East London but has his origins in Barbadian: the cultural diversity of his origins is clearly reflected in his music. As an alum of London’s renowned Tomorrow’s Warriors music education program, Shabaka Hutchings was first influenced by the "golden era" hip-hop, Caribbean music and classical compositions that he heard in his youth.

He went on to become a fixture of "Brownswood Recordings" label, that is run by DJ and radio host Gilles Peterson. His sound was praised as a modern, experimental counter to the American jazz tradition rooted in the blues. What both have in common is a critical examination of the persistent discrimination faced by people of the African diaspora.

After working with the Londoner band "Melt Yourself Down" (2012), Shabaka Hutchings is now active as the bandleader of "Sons of Kemet" and "Shabaka and the Ancestors". He also works in the trio "The Comet Is Coming" with keyboardist Dan Leavers and drummer Max Hallett. In each constellation, his music maintains a sustained conversation with London’s club culture.

With "The Comet Is Coming" Shabaka Hutchings received a Mercury Prize nomination for their 2016 debut album “Channel The Spirits“. Other accolades include a 2013 MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act with "Sons of Kemet", the Paul Hamlyn Composer Award and Jazz FM’s Jazz Innovation Award. 

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