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Shabaka And The Ancestors

Wisdom Of Elders

Brownswood Recordings


Released: 16th Sep 2016



Released: 7th Oct 2016


the dexterity with which shabaka hutchins manages to traverse the worlds he inhabits is nothing short of genius – in this incantation he’s recorded a gorgeous and bold record of spiritual jazz that sits comfortably alongside the art ensemble of chicago, pharaoh sanders or kamasi Washington.

we’re more used to hearing him with the punk funk troupe melt yourself down, wigging out with the electronic space psych of the mercury nominated comet is coming or in the smoother styling of sons of kemet but here he’s at his most inventive, creating a sound alongside a host of south African players to make a forward thinking masterpiece. everything from calypso to Nguni takes its place in the sounds here – this is an album out of time, one of the most playful and creative modern jazz albums we can think of.

Wisdom Of Elders


  1. Mzwandile
  2. Joyous
  3. The Observer
  4. The Sea
  5. The Observed
  6. Natty
  7. OBS
  8. Give Thanks
  9. Nguni