NEWS: Sons Of Kemet nominated for 2018 Mercury Prize

Sons Of Kemet
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Peter Bacon reports:

Sons Of Kemet, the quartet led by saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, with Theon Cross on tuba, and drummers Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick, is the "jazz" choice for nomination in this year's Hyundai Mercury Prize. The shout-out is for their album Your Queen Is A Reptile, released in March on the Impulse! label.

Hutchings said this of Sons Of Kemet’s nomination:

 “It’s great to know that our music and our ideas will have the chance to resonate with as wide an audience as the Mercury nominations permits. Our aim is to merge the music and ways of perception associated with histories of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora to the developments happening within the London music scene and propel the results outwards to the world as a force for good.”

This is Hutchings' second Mercury Prize nomination in three years – his band The Comet Is Coming's Channel The Spirits was short-listed in 2016.

The winner of the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith on Thursday 20 September. Full list of nominees for 2018 available HERE.

Sons Of Kemet are spending the summer touring around the world and will be headlining at show at KOKO in Camden, London, on 23 October.

LINK: Dan Bergsagel's review of Your Queen Is A Reptile for LJN

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