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Shabaka Hutchings tenderness is more evident than ever on 'We Are Sent Here By History' marlbank

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In its folkloric grandeur and ambitions that make it leap far beyond a more restricted sense of abum there is a collision of poetry, music and however implicit dance. Folkloric in one sense, a rewriting of priorities in terms of society and attitudes to gender and more in another there is a mystical sense of revelation drawn from Xhosa traditions, Rastafarianism and more in the lyrics and inspirations and above all a sense of otherworldliness.

In all the above this actually contributes to a larger more convincing world view than you get in the more basic bounce and euphoric beat of Shabaka's other bands Sons of Kemet and The Comet Is Coming.

By the way Shabaka plays just as beautifully as ever and there are waves of solos breaking through that indicate once again what a world class saxophonist he is and how his stature grows with every record. His tenderness is more evident here than ever.

The beautiful 'Go My Heart, Go To Heaven' is one exemplary track on a griot themed album conception and "meditation on the fact of our coming extinction as a species.'' How clarivoyant is that in the current climate at a time of global existential crisis?

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