Shabaka and The Ancestors
To attend this Elbphilharmonie concert, reservations must be made in advance.
From the collaborative space-jazz formation The Comet is Coming to his own quartet Sons of Kemet – tenor saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings has enjoyed a meteoric rise in London’s jazz scene since the mid-2010s. His sometimes highly meditative, in others harsh tone has become his sonic signature. Together with the South African musicians around Mandla Mlangeni, he – under the name Shabaka and the Ancestors – explores the possibilities of one shared musical language before a variety of different cultural backgrounds. In 2016, the experimental big band released their debut Wisdom of Elders. Recorded in a single day, the album blends the sound of South African Nguni, jazz, blues, and spirituals with Central African song structures and Caribbean calypso.