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The New Yorker's 'spring night-life preview' features Shabaka and the Ancestors@Bowery Ballroom

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Spring soon arrives with the experimental jazz of Shabaka and the Ancestors - Downtown.

Shabaka Hutchings, a British-Barbadian saxophonist and clarinettist whose jazz fusion and experimentalism consistently prove breathtaking is set to release on March 13; Shabaka & The Ancestors Impulse! debut - We Are Sent Here By History. The band's breakout 2016 album, Wisdom of Elders, established Shabaka & The Ancestors as a sudden force in spiritual jazz. But where that record warned of impending societal collapse, this one unfolds within it. Shabaka refers to the album as a "meditation on the fact of our coming extinction as a species. It is a reflection from the ruins, from the burning." On the lead single "Go My Heart, Go To Heaven," Siyabonga pays homage to his father's favorite church song. The word "hamba" (or "go") is repeated, and within the context of this track, it's "about the point where one gives in and wants out of this world," Siyabonga says. "But in times of darkness is a call to the light and the heart."         Shabaka brings the Ancestors to Bowery Ballroom on March 30.

 

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