Sons of Kemet

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Sons of Kemet
Sons of Kemet Oslo Jazzfestival 2018 (211035).jpg
Sons of Kemet performing at the 2018 Oslo Jazz festival
Background information
OriginLondon, England, U.K.
GenresJazz, world
Years active2011–present
LabelsNaim, Impulse!
Associated actsJerry Dammers, The Heliocentrics, The Invisible, The Comet Is Coming, Polar Bear, Melt Yourself Down
Past members

Sons of Kemet are a British jazz group formed in 2011 that consists of Shabaka Hutchings, Tom Skinner, Theon Cross, and Eddie Hick. Seb Rochford quit Sons of Kemet in late 2016. The group uses saxophone and clarinet (Hutchings), tuba (Cross), and revolving cast of two drummers (Skinner, Hick) to make their music and plays a mixture of jazz, rock, Caribbean folk, and African music.[1] Cross replaced Oren Marshall on tuba.

Sons of Kemet won Best Jazz Act at the 2013 MOBO Awards.[2]

On 9 September 2013, Sons of Kemet released their debut album Burn, which received the Arts Desk Album of the Year 2013 and a nomination for Gilles Peterson's Album of the Year. Their next album Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do received the same nomination for the year 2015.

On 30 March 2018, Impulse! released the band's third album, Your Queen Is a Reptile. It was nominated for the 2018 Mercury Prize.[3]



Year Title Director Choreographer Ref
2016 "In the Castle of My Skin" Motheo Moeng Jarrel Mathebula [4]
2015 "Play Mass" Jordan Copeland Valeria Tello Giusti [5][6]



  1. ^ Ouellette, Dan (May 2014) "Sons of Kemet: 'Vibrating in Space'". DownBeat. p. 20.
  2. ^ a b "Winners 2013". Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ "See the 2018 Shortlis". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Music Video Sons Of Kemet - In The Castle Of My Skin". David Mawuli. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. ^ James Keith. "Premiere: The Video For Sons Of Kemet's "Play Mass" Is A Jazz-Fueled Trip". Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  6. ^ Linzy Na Narkorn. "SONS OF KEMET – 'PLAY MASS' MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT WITH TENTACLE FILMS". Linzy Na Nakorn Dance Artist. Retrieved 23 March 2016.

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