Shabaka And The Ancestors is the avant-jazz octet led by British/Caribbean tenor saxophonist and composer Shabaka Hutchings. Four years after Wisdom of Elders, they announced the release of a new album. We Are Sent Here By History is out on March 13th via Impulse! Records. We already shared “Go My Heart, Go To Heaven”; “The Coming Of The Strange Ones” is a new track. Watch the official video below.
According to the press release, the new album is a meditation on the fact of our coming extinction as a species. It is a reflection from the ruins, from the burning. A questioning of the steps to be taken in preparation for our transition individually and societally if the end is to be seen as anything but a tragic defeat.
For those lives lost and cultures dismantled by centuries of western expansionism, capitalist thought and white supremist structural hegemony the end days have long been heralded as present with this world experienced as an embodiment of a living purgatory.