24 April - ore 22:00 Hiroshima Mon Amour
Shabaka Hutchings, saxophone, clarinets
Majid Bekkas, guembri, vocals
Hamid Drake, drums
General admission € 10
Shabaka Hutchings is definitely the most quintessential musician on the British scene today. He’s the guy who made jazz “cool again” among the up-and-coming generations – at any rate, that’s what Rolling Stone magazine had to say about him a few years back. He’s the driving force behind several bands, including Comet is Coming (electro-jazz), Sons of Kemet (Afro-funk) and Shabaka and The Ancestors (Afro-futurism). He has also worked with American superstars like drummer Makaya McCraven and sax-man extraordinaire Kamasi Washington. Hutchings’ fever-pitch art embraces the hypnotizing vocal melodies and dance riffs of Moroccan singer and composer Majid Bekkas, as they float along Hamid Drake’s complex, souped-up and contagious beats. A mind-boggling encounter that fuses the Gnawa tradition – the music of formerly sub-Saharan slaves who eventually became integrated into Moroccan society, and of which Bekkas is a custodian – with Hutchings’ Black soul and Drake’s contemporary American jazz. A world premiere for a band born in Torino with its eyes on the future.