Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus


Last week, the Sons Of Kemet saxophonist and band-leader in his own right, Shabaka Hutchings, wrote a piece lamenting the lack of representation that jazz is currently receiving in the UK. He specifically took issue with the MOBO Awards’ neglect of a new wave of British jazz artists in favour of American safe-bets Esperanza Spalding and Cory Henry. Although awards nominations do not necessarily correspond to talent, the MOBO choice is symptomatic of a larger trend of the UK jazz scene being denied access to a wider audience platform.

Read the rest of this piece in Clash Magazine.

[This piece was originally published in Clash Magazine on 07/11/16]