The Albany and The London Jazz Festival, in association with BBC Radio 3, present
Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch returns to the Albany, Deptford, as part of the London Jazz Festival with music from his critically acclaimed album The New Emancipation. Featuring a stellar jazz ensemble and powerful visuals by VJ Nathan Jones, this concert will be an exciting addition to the London Jazz Festival thanks to Kinch's signature sound.
Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University, he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic - including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for Best Jazz Act in 2003. In October 2007, he won his second MOBO Award, at the O2 Arena, London where he was announced as the winner in the Best Jazz Act category - fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis.
His latest release The New Emancipation draws its inspiration from 19th century work songs and early blues, exploring the modern resonances of the emancipation story. From debt/wage slavery, to creative oppression in the music industry and ideas of race in a post-Obama age, it combines this rich musical inheritance and revisits it with a stellar jazz ensemble and modern hip hop production.
Kinch has earned a number of 5 star reviews for his recent live performances. His performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (2010 London Jazz Festival) confirmed his position as a major figure in the UK scene, as The Evening Standard's Jack Massarik described, "it was hard to imagine stronger contemporary jazz being played anywhere else in the world."
This year sees Soweto and his quartet taking his music to increasingly diverse audiences across the world, including territories from the USA and Germany to Dubai, Morocco and Botswana.
Soweto Kinch will appear at the Albany, Deptford on Saturday 12 November. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets o12, o10 concs.
The Albany is South East London's most vibrant and diverse arts space, presenting a wide variety of events including music, theatre and spoken word. Continuing to build on its established reputation as one of London's most enterprising venues, next year marks the venue's 30th anniversary.
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