Impulse! Records signs Sons Of Kemet and Shabaka & The Ancestors

British saxophonist and bandleader Shabaka Hutchings and two of the bands he's associated with – Sons of Kemet (above) and Shabaka & The Ancestors – have signed to the iconic Impulse! label. First formed in 2011, Sons of Kemet have released two albums and made a huge impact on the international festival circuit with their double-drums, tuba and sax attack. The current line-up includes founding members Hutchings on sax and Tom Skinner on drums, rising tuba star Theon Cross and powerhouse drummer Eddie Hick, all of whom feature on the new album, Your Queen is a Reptile, which is released on 30 March. Jazzwise understands Comet Is Coming may also be moving to the label.

See the March issue of Jazzwise for an exclusive interview with the band on their new album. Issue on-sale on 15 February – subscribe here to order your copy now - for more info visit www.sonsofkemet.com

– Mike Flynn

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