Following the release of their critically acclaimed album Black To The Future, Mercury-nominated quartet Sons of Kemet are set for a UK tour this February.
Known for their dynamic, high-energy live sets (“Are Sons of Kemet the best live band in the UK right now?” asked the Evening Standard) their tour will head to Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds and Bristol before the band’s biggest headline show to date at The Roundhouse in London.
With special guests such as grime emcees D Double E and Kojey Radical and UK poet Joshua Idehen amongst others, Black To The Future is a bigger affair than previous Sons of Kemet records. The album begins and ends with powerful lyrical and musical statements of rage and frustration, expressed outwardly in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the subsequent BLM protests. The album flows inwards from the start and finish to deeper, inner journeys – looking to forgotten cosmologies and searching for new ways of existing.
Shabaka Hutchings said: “Black to the Future is a sonic poem for the invocation of power, remembrance and healing. It depicts a movement to redefine and reaffirm what it means to strive for black power.”
“The meaning is not universal, and the cultural context of the listener will shape their understanding,” he continues. “Yet in the end, the overarching message remains the same: For humanity to progress we must consider what it means to be Black to the Future.”
Black To The Future was greeted by rave reviews, with the NME’s five-star critique proclaiming, “The album is the kind of career-defining work that makes the case for Sons of Kemet as jazz greats in their own right.”
Sons Of Kemet play the following UK tour dates in February 2022:
Saturday February 19 – Manchester – Gorilla
Sunday February 20 – Glasgow – Oran Mor
Tuesday February 22 – Leeds – Belgrave Music Hall
Thursday February 24 – Bristol – Marble Factory
Saturday February 26 – London – Roundhouse.