Winner of the Montreux Jazz Saxophone Competition in 2002, BBC Jazz Award for best instrumentalist and best formation in 2004, MOBO Award for best Jazz show in 2007, Nominated for the prestigious Mercury prize, Soweto Kinch is THE phenomenon from Birmingham, Great Brittany.
– NEWS –
THE BLACK PERIL, new album released in 2020
Virtuoso saxophonist, but also an outstanding MC and freestyler, Soweto Kinch is a worthy representative of the hip-hop movement in England. Always torn between his urban culture and his love of jazz, his music sounds like a natural, unopposed fusion between post bop and hip hop. Among his main mentors, Sonny Rollins, Courtney Pine, but also Q-Tip and The Roots; influences that he was able to distill in his first two albums: Conversation With the Unseen and A Life in the Day of B-19.
Over the course of a prolific and elegantly conceptual discography (The New Emancipation, 2010 / The Legend of Mike Smith, 2013 / Nonagram, 2016 // The Black Peril, 2019), Soweto Kinch has shown that he is one of the great saxophonists and rappers of our generation and was able to expose his vision of a new form of slavery, that of consumerism and the banking system.
– LINE-UP –
Soweto Kinch (saxophone, voice)
Nick Jurd (double bass)
Gauthier Guarrigue (drum)