Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017
2 Empire Mews
Scalding hard bop grooves spliced with free-flowing lyrics from Soweto Kinch, “Britain’s hyper-talented saxman/rapper” (Evening Standard), garlanded with awards including two MOBOs and a Mercury nomination
Soweto Kinch is a multi award-winning saxophonist, MC and composer specialising in a trademark style of Jazz, Rap and Spoken Word unlike that of any other performer in the world. Revered among both musicians and rappers alike, Soweto has amassed an unprecedented array of accolades including two MOBO awards, two Urban Music Awards, BBC Rising Star Award, BBC Best Jazz Instrumentalist, BBC Best Jazz Band, Montreux Jazz Festival Award, Peter Whittingham Award for Jazz innovation, Winner of the White Foundation World Sax competition and a nomination for the much coveted Mercury Award.
Growing up with a playwright for a father and an actress for a mother, performance has always been in Soweto's blood and has over the years become an ambassador of urban culture as well as a British jazz institution with achievements ranging from the curation of several large international festivals to the production and scoring of various highly acclaimed music-based theatrical works to starring in a reality show series which followed him and other music figureheads like Goldie and Ms Dynamite as they each mentored and coached 12 vulnerable youths ahead of their live performance before HM Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace.
'Hyper-talented saxman/rapper' Evening Standard
'Kicks pure Jazz and authentic rap into a brave new world.' Guardian
'A distinct and commanding way of looking at jazz, at hip-hop, and at the whole performance situation' New York Times
'Contemporary and classic styles. It's difficult to think of anyone currently able to produce a more convincing and engaging mix than Soweto Kinch' BBC Music