Shabaka And The Ancestors – We Are Sent Here By History

  1. They Who Must Die 10:09
  2. You’ve Been Called 6:29
  3. Go My Heart, Go To Heaven 6:38
  4. Behold, The Deceiver 6:00
  5. Run, The Darkness Will Pass 4:07
  6. The Coming Of The Strange Ones 6:28
  7. Beast Too Spoke Of Suffering 2:57
  8. We Will Work (On Redefining Manhood) 5:23
  9. ‘Til The Freedom Comes Home 7:06
  10. Finally, The Man Cried 5:47
  11. Teach Me How To Be Vulnerable 2:46

Music by Shabaka Hutchings, lyrics by Siyabonga Mthembu

Tenor Saxophone & Clarinet – Shabaka Hutchings / Alto Saxophone – Mthunzi Mvubu / Fender Rhodes – Nduduzo Makhathini / Piano – Thandi Ntuli / Bass – Ariel Zamonsky / Drums – Tumi Mogorossi / Percussion – Gontse Makhene / Vocals – Siyabonga Mthembu

Produced by Shabaka Hutchings & Dilip Harris


Von der kollaborativen Space-Jazz-Formation The Comet Is Coming zu seinem eigenen Quartett Sons of Kemet – der Tenorsaxophonist SHABAKA HUTCHINGS erlebt seit Mitte der 2010er Jahre einen rasanten Aufstieg in der Londoner Jazzszene. Sein manchmal meditativer, manchmal brutal rauer Ton ist zu seiner klanglichen Handschrift geworden. Gemeinsam mit südafrikanischen Musikern erkundet er unter dem Namen SHABAKA AND THE ANCESTORS die Möglichkeiten einer gemeinsamen Musiksprache vor unterschiedlichen kulturellen Hintergründen. 2016 veröffentlichte die Band ihr Albumdebüt „Wisdom Of Elders“, jetzt folgt mit „We Are Sent Here By History” ein ebenfalls in Johannesburg aufgenommenes zweites Werk. Es verbindet spirituellen Jazz mit südafrikanischem Nguni, zentralafrikanischen Songstrukturen und karibischem Calypso.


The project was formed in early 2016, leading to their debut album later that year: ‘Wisdom Of Elders’; a document of sessions combining Hutchings with a group of South African jazz musicians he’d long admired. His connection to the group was Mandla Mlangenim, bandleader of the Amandla Freedom Ensemble.

‘We Are Sent Here By History’ is a meditation on the fact of our coming extinction as a species. It is a reflection from the ruins, from the burning. A questioning of the steps to be taken in preparation for our transition individually and societally if the end is to be seen as anything but a tragic defeat. For those lives lost and cultures dismantled by centuries of western expansionism, capitalist thought and white supremist structural hegemony the end days have long been heralded as present with this world experienced as an embodiment of a living purgatory.



Over the last half decade, Shabaka Hutchings has established himself as a central figure in the London jazz scene, which is enjoying its greatest creative renaissance since the breakthroughs of Joe Harriott and Evan Parker in the 1960s. Hutchings has a restlessly creative and refreshingly open-minded spirit, playing in a variety of groups, including the uniquely spiritual and powerful Shabaka And The Ancestors.

Hutchings has three primary projects – Shabaka And The Ancestors, Sons Of Kemet and The Comet is Coming. Between them, Hutchings has gathered a substantial number of awards and nominations, including winning the 2013 MOBO ‘Jazz Act of the Year’, winner of the 2014 Paul Hamlyn Composer Award, 2015 Jazz FM Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’, 2016 Mercury Music Prize nomination, 2017 Jazz FM Awards ‘UK Jazz Act of the Year’, 2018 Jazz FM Awards ‘Jazz Innovation of the Year’ and a 2018 Mercury Music Prize nomination.

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