Shabaka Hutchings takes the stage to kick off Propaganda, his curated weekend of music, joined by his band Sons of Kemet and Britten Sinfonia.
Mantombi Matotiyana opens the proceedings in her debut London performance. The South African artist is accompanied by specialist in African instrumentation, Dizu Plaatjies, performing traditional Xhosa music on uhadi (sometimes known as the long woman’s bow), the umrhube (the mouth bow of her tribe, the Xhosa people) and the isitolotolo (the jaw’s or jew’s mouth harp).
The textures get lusher in the second half as Britten Sinfonia join Shabaka and his band Sons of Kemet to perform an arrangement of his piece Babylon. They also play Aaron Copland’s bittersweet and beautiful Clarinet Concerto – originally written for Benny Goodman, it was one of the first pieces to embed jazz-tinged melodies in a classical context.