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Albums Of The Week: Shabaka Hutchings | Afrikan Culture

The British saxophone maverick cools down with a sonically healing, meditative set.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Acclaimed saxophonist, philosopher, bandleader, and musician Shabaka Hutchings — now professionally known as Shabaka for solo musical efforts — has released his first major label solo work, Afrikan Culture. Entirely written by Shabaka, the eight-track EP showcases him on various wind instruments and focuses on the aural meditative space.

Afrikan Culture was made around the idea of meditation and what it means for me to still my own mind and accept the music which comes to the surface,” says he says. “It features various types of Shakuhachi flutes and a new technique of creating that I’ve been experimenting with in layering many flutes together to create a forest of sound where melodies and rhythms float in space and emerge in glimpses.”

Produced by Shabaka and frequent collaborator Dilip Harris, Afrikan Culture takes you on a sonically healing journey. Immersed in a sea of sound, diverse instruments that include the shakuhachi (a Japanese end-blown flute), a kora (a stringed instrument used extensively in West Africa), a mbira (a “thumb piano” from Africa), and a music box envelopes the listener in a soothing sound that lingers on well past the last played note.”