Shabaka And The Ancestors
WE ARE SENT HERE BY HISTORY
Shabaka Hutchings wrenches spiralling saxophone through powerful & sombre musical shadows on this thought-provoking release.
‘We Are Sent Here by History’ is a meditation on the fact of our coming extinction as a species. It is a reflection from the ruins, from the burning. A questioning of the steps to be taken in preparation for our transition individually and societally if the end is to be seen as anything but a tragic defeat. FFO: Sons of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming, Flying Lotus, Janelle Monae, Shabazz Palaces. “Hutchings has suggested his Ancestors work is an update of the griot tradition – weaving social commentary into seemingly harmless party pieces. ‘We Are Sent Here By History’ achieves more: transforming impending doom into an affirmation of life” 4/5 - MOJO
James CA Says: Somehow even better than the last one, this supergroup’s blend of spectral and spiritual jazz with pertinent political force has never felt more needed