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Music Fest News is absolutely floored by Shabaka and the Ancestors 'We Are Sent Here by History'

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Floored. Absolutely floored by the sophomore album from South African group Shabaka and the Ancestors titled We Are Sent Here by History, released March 13. (And it seems like a trip to the group's first album, 2016's Wisdom of Elders, is mandated.)

Shabaka Hutchings is a tenor saxophone and clarinet player who also has two other groups: The Comet is Coming and Sons of Kemet. All three now record on Impulse!, the label that gave us John Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders, Archie Shepp, and hundreds of other brilliant jazz artists. Hutchings is British; all other musicians on this recording are from South Africa.

Shabaka and the Ancestors are: Shabaka Hutchings, tenor saxophone, clarinet; Mthunzi Mvubu, alto saxophone; Siyabonga Mthembu, vocals; Ariel Zamonsky, double bass; Gontse Makhene, percussion; and Tumi Mogorosi, drums; with guests Nduduzo Makhathini., Fender Rhodes electric piano; Thandi Ntuli, piano; and Mandla Mlangeni, trumpet. All tunes were composed by Hutchings; all lyrics written by Mthembu. The lyrics and English translations are in the album's booklet.

The sessions were recorded by Murray Anderson at Milestone Studios, Capetown, South Africa, and by Peter Auret at Sumosound Recording Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa. The album was mixed in London by Dilip Harris at The Crush E14 and was produced by Dilip and Hutchings.

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