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Shabaka Hutchings

One of the leading figures of the UK’s creative scene, Shabaka Hutchings embraces the kinetic intensity of his native Barbados, as well as elements from the punk, dance, electro and jazz worlds in his diverse, diasporic style. He has forged strong bonds with South Africa as well as the UK and America, and is driven by a deeply philosophical, and cross disciplinary politic.

As part of the Caribbean diaspora, he sees his role as that of pushing the boundaries of what musical elements are considered to be Caribbean. Constantly evaluating the nature of his relationship with musical material and tradition.

Hutchings has three primary projects: Shabaka and the Ancestors, Sons of Kemet and Comet is Coming. Between them, Hutchings has gathered a substantial number of awards and nominations, including winning the 2013 MOBO ‘Jazz Act of the Year’, winner of the 2014 Paul Hamlyn Composer Award, 2015 Jazz FM Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’, 2016 Mercury Music Prize nomination, 2017 Jazz FM Awards ‘UK Jazz Act of the Year’, 2018 Jazz FM Awards ‘Jazz Innovation of the Year’ and a 2018 Mercury Music Prize nomination. In all that he does, Shabaka continues to sit outside the box, interested in the undefinable gaps and going beyond jazz.