Your Queen Is a Reptile

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Your Queen Is a Reptile
Studio album by Sons of Kemet
Released March 30, 2018 (2018-03-30)
Length 55:34
Label Impulse!
Producer Shabaka Hutchings, Dilip Harris
Sons of Kemet chronology
Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do
(2015)
Your Queen Is a Reptile
(2018)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The Line of Best Fit(9/10)[3]

Your Queen Is a Reptile is the third album by British jazz group Sons of Kemet.

The album title and sleeve notes refer to the British monarchy and how it does not represent black immigrants; "Your Queen is not our Queen She does not see us as human". Instead the track titles all refer to influential black women throughout history.[4] The first woman, Ada Eastman, was Hutchings' great grandmother from Barbados.[5]

Band leader Shabaka Hutchings wrote and plays saxophone on all tracks, Theon Cross plays tuba, and Seb Rochford and Tom Skinner play drums. It also features toaster Congo Natty and performance poet Josh Idehen.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."My Queen Is Ada Eastman"6:41
2."My Queen Is Mamie Phipps Clark"5:31
3."My Queen Is Harriet Tubman"5:40
4."My Queen Is Anna Julia Cooper"5:07
5."My Queen Is Angela Davis"6:35
6."My Queen Is Nanny of the Maroons"6:44
7."My Queen Is Yaa Asantewaa"7:04
8."My Queen Is Albertina Sisulu"5:20
9."My Queen Is Doreen Lawrence"6:52

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metacritic Review". Metacritic.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "AllMusic Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Law, Seb (March 26, 2018). "The Line of Best Fit Review". Thelineofbestfit.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Madison Bloom (March 30, 2018). "Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is a Reptile Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Premiere: Sons Of Kemet – 'My Queen Is Ada Eastman'". Clash Magazine. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Chris May (February 21, 2018). "Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is A Reptile". All About Jazz. Retrieved April 26, 2018.