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 Kemet, The 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)