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Your Queen Is A Reptile comes dressed in a trickster?s puffer jacket / The Quietus

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By celebrating great black women across history, by crowning Angela Davis, Harriet Tubman, Albertina Sisulu and Doreen Lawrence, Sons Of Kemet begin a new myth-making and bring afrofuturism down to earth with a beautiful bang. 

Your Queen Is A Reptile comes dressed in a trickster's puffer jacket. It's the punchline to a joke at the end of a long night, complete with David Icke lizards and references to conspiracy videos in all the eeriest corners of the internet. Opening with ‘My Queen Is Ada Eastman' - a tribute to bandleader Shabaka Hutchings' great grandmother - we amble along on Theon Cross's tuba before being carried away by the dual pacing of Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick on drums. Hutchings enters the fray, a Cheshire Cat grin spilling out of his horn. The rhythm slows, a snake-charmer groove holding you before you realise you're on a sharp descent into hell - Cross's master tuba pounding with new intensity all the while. Joshua Idehen's voice erupts, as though from Hutchings' horn, unleashing the sonic assault of a lifetime. Of lifetimes. The joke's not funny anymore, but then again the afterlife of slavery has never been a laughing matter.    Photo by Guidou Pierrick

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