Shabaka Hutchings shares his “Composition In Memory Of Victims Of Hiroshima”.
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Shabaka Hutchings shares his “Composition In Memory Of Victims Of Hiroshima”.

Shabaka Hutchings shares his “Composition In Memory Of Victims Of Hiroshima”, performed live with Alabaster dePlume on sax, Betamax on drums and Neil Charles on double bass. The 6th of August 2020 marks 75 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima, killing an estimated 135,000 people.

Stop the War commemorate the occasion with a special performance from jazz revolutionary Shabaka Hutchings.

Hutchings, a Mercury Prize-nominated saxophonist and bandleader is one of the leading figures in the current flowering of the UK jazz scene. He is an integral part of three unique and groundbreaking bands (Sons of KemetThe Comet is Coming and Shabaka & The Ancestors), each of whom have produced distinguished albums in recent years. Drawing on a vast pool of different musical influences the work of his groups embraces hip-hop, house, jungle, dub and much more besides.

For this occasion, Hutchings has created a new composition in response to those devastating events of August 1945 which will be performed exclusively live across Stop the War’s social media platforms.


Watch the video below of Shabaka Hutchings with Alabaster deplume, Betamax and Neil Charles on a new song “A Composition In Memory Of Victims Of Hiroshima”:


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Hutchings will follow in the footsteps of John Coltrane, whose tour of Japan in 1966 included a visit to Hiroshima and whose subsequent live album has continued to serve as a healing testimony to the victims of the bombings for over half a century.

In the lead up to the performance we will be profiling anti-war jazz records from across the decades beginning with Coltrane’s iconic performance of “Peace on Earth” from his “Concert in Japan” album. 

Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:


Shabaka Hutchings - A Composition In Memory Of Victims Of Hiroshima

Terrace Martin, Kamashi Washington, Robert Glasper, Alex Isley, Denzel Curry - Racism on Trial

Alabaster DePlume - The Good Wine

Eddie Henderson - Smile

Raffy Bushman - Look Up

Moonfish, Maria Chiara Argirò, Riccardo Chiaberta - Drop of Water

Jaga Jazzist - Tomita - Edit

Jerk - Celestial Voices

Web Web - Safar - Flip Remix

Pugs Atomz, Inkswel, Blu, Georgia Anne Muldrow - Origami Dollars

Jimi Tenor - Sugar and Spice

Lee Fields & The Expressions - The One Who's Hurting Is You

Immanuel Wilkins - Grace And Mercy

72-Hour Post Fight - Unglued

Pachakuti, young.vishnu, Masha Kashyna - Power

Steam Down, Afronaut Zu - Etcetera

Gaidaa, Saba, Jarreau Vandal - Stranger

Wandering Monster - Metropolis

Nine Sparks Riots, Apocalyptic Brass Collective, MASAKA - The Antidote

The Lions, Alex Désert, Black Shakespeare - The Loser

Sevana - If You Only Knew

Lotek, Daddy Speedo - This Is (The Rebirth of Rude)



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