Sons Of Kemet Announce New Album 'Black To The Future' With Kojey Radical-Assisted "Hustle"

Sons Of Kemet Announce New Album 'Black To The Future' With Kojey Radical-Assisted "Hustle"

March 31, 2021

Jazz experimentalists Sons Of Kemet have turned things up a notch, announcing their new album Black To The Future along with visuals for lead single "Hustle", which features Kojey Radical on lead vocals and Lianne La Havas on backing vocals.

"Hustle" is built around a plethora of instruments, but it's the stirring saxophone chords that shine brightest in this spiritual ode to African royalty. Kojey Radical's poetic verse invokes a sense of celebration and enlightenment as he celebrates the strength of African family lineage. Intertwined in both Kojey's words and the twisting, turning instrumental is a strong sense of Afrofuturism and the essence of Sun Ra, adding even more weight to the theme of Black pride.

Directed by Ashleigh Jadee, the visuals present a simple scene of two dancers; one decked out in black, the other in white. As they spin and swing through London's harsh concrete environment it soon becomes a defiant act of freedom in the face of oppressive architecture.

Speaking on the album, lead singer Shabaka Hutchings says: "Black To The Future is a sonic poem for the invocation of power, remembrance and healing. It depicts a movement to redefine and reaffirm what it means to strive for Black power.

"The meaning is not universal and the cultural context of the listener will shape their understanding. Yet in the end, the overarching message remains the same: For humanity to progress we must consider what it means to be Black to the Future."

In regard to the visuals, Hutchings adds: "The dancers represent the duality present within any struggle to transcend internal limitations. As the video progresses, we see that it's only once the differing elements of the self are reconciled and act in unison that rebirth (symbolised by the immersion in water) can occur."

Black To The Future drops May 14 with additional features from D Double E, Moor Mother, and Angel Bat Dawid. Check out visuals for "Hustle" below.

Words: Ian Opolot
Photography: Fabrice Bourgelle