Sons of Kemet, © pierrickguido

Sons of Kemet

Somerset House Summer Series with American Express

Sat 13 Jul 2019
Doors 19.30
£31.25 (includes £3.75 booking fee)

For telephone bookings call 0333 320 2836 (choose option 1)

The Edmond J. Safra
Fountain Court

Sons of Kemet, featuring saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, sit at the forefront of a new generation of London musicians upending expectations by introducing their own forms of irresistible polyrhythms and restless melodies.

Approximate timings are as follows:

Doors: 19.30
DJ Noss: 20.00
Sons of Kemet: 21.00
Curfew: 22.30

Please note these times are subject to change

While it’s fitting that the outfit’s acclaimed recent album, Your Queen Is A Reptile, dropped on legendary jazz imprint Impulse! Records (once home to John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders), its restless kinetic energy, propelled by two drummers, tuba and sax, resists the legacy of American standards, and seeks its own path with the intertwining influences of the Caribbean and London at its core. Sampa the Great also joins the band as a guest artist for one track, as will D Double E, "the greatest grime MC of all time" according to Skepta.

Shortlisted for last year’s Mercury Music Prize, no other longplayer felt as prescient, provocative or ambitious in breaking down musical or indeed cultural boundaries, paying tribute to nine Black women, from Angela Davis to Doreen Lawrence, with a fierce combination of jazz, ska, dub and Afrobeat that also makes for irresistible dance music and a revelatory live experience.

If you require access to our platform for wheelchair users please call 0333 320 2836.

Please note that tickets are subject to availability.

This is jazz as party music, not an excuse to make chin leather. 

The Guardian
Sons of Kemet, In The Castle of My Skin


Multifaceted artist DJ Noss is constantly looking for new vibes to complement his musical imagination, armed with a turntable, machines and Bèlè drum.

This is music without borders, where Afrobeat seeps into Trap, EDM sits alongside Caribbean sounds and Baile funk meets Bèlè, the music of his Martinican heritage.

DJ Noss at Afropunk Paris