It’s been almost two years since Sons Of Kemet dropped their stellar debut album Burn. Last month, the band shared “In Memory Of Samir Awad”, the first offering from their forthcoming follow-up via Naim Jazz Records. The track encompasses a tense, unsettling groove throughout with blistering percussion and some seriously hypnotic horns.
The song is the album’s exceptionally resonant opening track and was written to commemorate a Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces as he fled their gunfire in 2013.
‘We’re trying to immortalise an everyday youth, and an occurrence that is every day in that region of the world, and to say that it is significant,’ says Band-Leader Shabaka Hutchings. ‘I wanted an intensity that continued throughout the piece. It’s a taut existence, and the low notes symbolise the bombings or eruptions in “normal” life under occupation.’
Listen to the track up top, it’s one of their bests. Their highly anticipated album “Lest We Forget What We Came Here To Do” is out on September 25th.