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Sons Of Kemet nominated for Hyundai Mercury Prize / Jazz FM

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The first major label release from electrifying contemporary jazz ensemble Sons Of Kemet has been shortlisted as one of 12 nominees for this year's Hyundai Mercury Prize. Since its release on Universal's impulse! Records in March this year, Your Queen Is A Reptile has received critical acclaim for both its musical and political stand points, with The Wire naming it "jazz that's best heard at maximum volume". Comprised of Shabaka Hutchings on saxophone, Theon Cross on tuba and double drums from Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick, Your Queen Is A Reptile addresses the British Monarchy, rejecting the idea that some are born better. Instead, Hutchings presents nine alternative and personal queens ranging from Doreen Lawrence to his own Great-Grandmother.

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