As we inch closer to JAZZ RE:FEST 2015 – ONLY ONE WEEK TO GO – today, we are profiling a stalwart of the scene and a leader of the new school, SOWETO KINCH and YUSSEF KAMAAL…
Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC 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 skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, Dwele and TY, and being championed by the likes of Mos Def, Rodney P and BBC 1-Xtra’s Twin B.
Previously known as the Henry Wu Trio, Yussef Kamaal draws massive inspiration from Wu’s roots in Islam and the trio’s spiritual essence which no doubt was influenced from jazz in the 60’s and it’s transition into 70’s funk. Kamaal refers to Doug Carn’s album ‘Revelation’ as one of the defining albums that inspires his approach to music in the 21st Century.
Yussef Kamaal are…
Yussef Dayes: Drums
Henry Wu: Keys
Tom Driessler: Bass
Tomorrow, we continue the countdown profiling Carmen Souza & Theo Pascal and Myriad Forest…