Shabaka And The Ancestors – Mzwandile

Shabaka And The Ancestors
Image by Tseliso Monaheng

Shabaka And The Ancestors will release their first full-length Wisdom of the Elders on September 16th via Brownswood Recordings. Listen to the first excerpt “Mzwandile” a 13-minute ever-changing track that will wriggle under your skin without you even realising.

Wisdom of the Elders was recorded in Johannesburg in 2015 on one of many trips Hutchings took there to immerse himself in the country’s rich musical heritage. The album is a psalm in nine parts. An episodic unfurling of a sonic journey across the Atlantic.

“The grand scheme of this album is to present the musical language that I normally associate with my UK bands in the context of SA musicians and musical sensibilities,” explains Shabaka Hutchings.

We can’t wait for a whole album of this!



A1. Mzwandile
A2. Joyous
B1. The Observer
B2. The Sea
C1. The Observed
C2. Natty
D1. Give Thanks
D2. Nguni


Shabaka & The Ancestors will release Wisdom of the Elders on September 16th (pre-order)

CF Smith

Permeating your ears with good music.

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