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Sons of Kemet nominated for MOBO Best Jazz Act 2013

We are pleased to announce that Sons of Kemet have been nominated for Best Jazz Act in the 18th annual MOBO Awards to be held at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow on 19 October. With the release of their debut album ‘Burn' on 9 September Sons of Kemet cemented the fierce reputation they had garnered through their incendiary live performances. Led by clarinetist, saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings with Oren Marshall on tuba and both Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford on drums, these four mighty creative forces have yielded music that is powerful, lyrical and, above all, fiercely original. Seldom have a band on the British jazz scene created such a buzz before releasing an album, but through their live shows - and on-air support from the likes of Gilles Peterson on 6music, Jamie Cullum on Radio 2 and even John Kennedy on XFM - Sons of Kemet did just that.

Although born in London, Hutchings spent most of his childhood in Barbados and it was back there that he turned for inspiration, with two artists in particular making their mark on him - Count Ossie and Cedric ‘Im' Brooks. However, it's partly the deployment of two drummers that gives Sons of Kemet their compelling and infectious sound. Skinner and Rochford's visceral exchange of rhythmic ideas is an unforgettable, highly danceable experience. Throw into this one of the great wild cards of contemporary British music, Oren Marshall on tuba, and you have a wonderfully unorthodox configuration. A configuration that The Guardian described in a recent 4 star live review as "visceral as a rock group, as serenely sensual as a ska band, as rootsy as a percussion choir and as instrumentally hip as a post-bop outfit".

Please show your support and vote for Sons of Kemet here

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