Song of the Week: “My Queen Is Harriet Tubman” by Sons of Kemet

by Douglas Cowie on 7 June 2019

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “My Queen Is Harriet Tubman” by Sons of Kemet:

Among the many superb things I listened to at Primavera Sound festival last weekend was Sons of Kemet. The sound of, and play between, tenor saxophone is excellent. What you’re listening to here is Sons of Kemet, but the version I saw was actually Sons of Kemet XL, with two additional drummers. The force of sound and even more importantly the complexity of rhythm made by four drummers drumming simultaneously is really something. Between that and the two wind instruments, there’s an overwhelming amount of sound to try to take in, and when you get a brief moment where they’re all playing a rest–the snatch of silence robs your breath. Thrilling.

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