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Set to curate 'OneFest,' Shabaka Hutchings interviews with The Yorkshire Post

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Founded to support a community enterprise in Wiltshire, OneFest has grown in size, scope and location over the past nine years. At its heart is a social mission and its latest iteration is an ambitious twin city event, to be staged over successive Saturdays at The Leadmill in Sheffield and Earth in London, with themes of encouraging new talent and bridging the North-South divide.

Its curator is the saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, one of the hottest names in British jazz whose numerous awards include a MOBO with his band Sons of Kemet; he was also nominated for the Mercury Prize with the group The Comet is Coming and a Grammy for his playing on Angelique Kidjo's album Celia. "One part of it was to try to curate a programme for the North and the South and bridge that divide, which caters mainly for the South in particular," the 36-year-old explains. "The Leadmill felt like a really great place to host it." He has curated a festival that aims to bridge the North-South divide. OneFest runs at The Leadmill, Sheffield on Saturday March 7. onefestuk.com

Hutchings talks to Duncan Seaman from the Yorkshire Post - READ