Shabaka And The Ancestors

Sydney Festival

Shabaka And The Ancestors

Performance Dates & Times

Wednesday 24 January, 2018
8:00 pm
City Recital Hall

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UK/South Africa

Inspired by The Sun Ra Arkestra and Afro-futurism, Shabaka and the Ancestors are pushing jazz forward.

Shabaka Hutchings is an acclaimed bandleader and saxophonist on London’s jazz scene; he’s a descendant of the American free jazz tradition and is heavily influenced by African and Caribbean music.

Returning after his scorching Sydney Festival 2017 turn with The Comet Is Coming, Hutchings will be accompanied by South Africa’s best jazz players, The Ancestors.

The ensemble draws from eclectic influences beyond jazz, including central African song structures and traditional Southern African Nguni hymns, plus elements of the blues and Caribbean calypso.

Prepare for jaw-dropping musicianship with the hypnotic vocals and an entirely unique repertoire.

★★★★ “Pulsing, exploratory and vibrant” The Guardian

“This is music of the utmost calibre, performed with an unrefined attitude, taking jazz back home” All About Jazz

“Shabaka and the Ancestors are blazing a path of insistent spiritual jazz” CBC


Shabaka Hutchings tenor saxophone
Gontse Makhene percussions
Tumi Mogorosi drums
Mthunzi Mvubu alto saxophone
Ariel Zamonsky bass
Siyabonga Mthembu lead voice

Duration: approximately 75 minutes, no interval 

Ticket Info


Standard $69

A Reserve

Standard $59
Concession $53

B Reserve

Standard $49
Concession $44

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Details are correct at time of publication

Performance Dates & Times

Wednesday 24 January, 2018
8:00 pm
City Recital Hall

Buy Tickets