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Soweto Kinch

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. Kinch’s projects also extend beyond recorded albums

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Article: Club Profile

606 Club In London

Read "606 Club In London" reviewed by Sammy Stein


The 606 Club in Chelsea has long been a Mecca for jazz fans who enjoy tasty food and great music. Entered by descending steep steps from the busy, bustling streets in one of London's busiest areas, 606 feels like a secret world where cozy tables, attentive staff, and superb music can be found in abundance. Owner ...

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Article: Interview

Tomos Williams: An Absolute Riot! Risings, Race And Identity In Wales

Read "Tomos Williams: An Absolute Riot! Risings, Race And Identity In Wales" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Threads. They wind their way through history, overlapping, interconnecting and sometimes weaving strange and powerful narratives that never really end, but simply grow and evolve. In 2020, half a millennium after the first transatlantic slave ships set sail from Europe to Africa, cheering protesters in Bristol, England, dumped the statue of slave trader Edward ...

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Article: Album Review

Tomos Williams: Cwmwl Tystion II: Riot!

Read "Cwmwl Tystion II: Riot!" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Billowing clouds of black smoke dominate a blood-red backdrop. From the cover alone, it is clear that trumpeter/composer Tomos Williams has something extra-musical to say. The Welsh language project name--Cwmwl Tystion means 'witness'--and the English title-- Riot!--writ large, expel any doubt. Inspired by events both famous and infamous in Welsh history--workers revolts, pogroms and race riots--this ...

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Cwmwl Tystion II: Riot!

Label: Tŷ Cerdd
Released: 2023
Track listing: Cadw tŷ mewn cwmwl tystion / Keeping house in a cloud of witnesses; Merthyr Rising 1831; Tonypandy Riots 1910; Tredegar Riots 1911; Bet yw byw?/What is living?; Cardiff Race Riots 1919; Mahmood Mattan 1952.

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Routes

Label: Enja
Released: 2023
Track listing: Silver Dollar; Rainy Days; Thoroughfare; Green Island; Chronicles; Beautiful Bed Of Lies; Lady Rawlinson; Rainy Days Dub; Green Island Dub; End Of The Beginning.

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Article: Album Review

Samuel Blaser: Routes

Read "Routes" reviewed by Chris May


The Jamaican trombonist Don Drummond (1934-1969), the inspiration for Routes, was in certain respects a mid-twentieth Jamaican parallel of the New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden (1877-1931). Bolden pioneered jazz in the US, Drummond in Jamaica. Both achieved mythic proportions during their lifetimes and both their legends endure. Both, tragically, spent their final years in what were ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Makaya McCraven: In The Moment to In These Times

Read "Makaya McCraven: In The Moment to In These Times" reviewed by Rob Garratt


Makaya McCraven needs a coffee--fast. It's 4pm and he's crashing. It will be his third of the day. His first caffeine hit, consumed on stage six hours earlier, was a chemical necessity; McCraven was drinking at a nearby Irish pub until the early hours and nearly missed his early morning panel talk appearance alongside fellow percussion ...

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Article: Live Review

Soweto Kinch's 'White Juju Deconstructed' at SFJAZZ Center

Read "Soweto Kinch's 'White Juju Deconstructed' at SFJAZZ Center" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Soweto Kinch SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco, CA White Juju Deconstructed May 19, 2023 “It fascinates me how we're all acquainted with an unspoken architectural and symbolic language of power.' How do these monuments or myths affect how we see ourselves as a nation? Naming the piece “White Juju" deliberately inverted ideas ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Thandi Ntuli, Frank Zappa, Jason Moran, Soweto Kinch & Other New Releases

Read "Thandi Ntuli, Frank Zappa, Jason Moran, Soweto Kinch & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome to the first edition of Mondo Jazz of 2023! Judging by how the year started, it should be jazz a-plenty as we open with Jason Moran's latest project, released just hours after the new year started, dedicated to James Reese Europe. After that many recent compelling releases, from Thandi Ntuli to Frank Zappa (newly published ...


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