Wisdom of Elders, Shabaka and the Ancestors LP Brownswood Recordings

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Brownswood Recordings & Arc Records – is the independent record label founded by DJ, record collector and broadcaster Gilles Peterson. Founded in 2006, it’s a platform for new artists to grow, and a space for established acts to break with tradition. An outlet for the eclectic breadths of Gilles’ taste as a DJ and collector, its early output broached new orchestral arrangements, full-throttle Japanese jazz and club-rooted soul music. Over a decade later, that inclusive attitude continues. Its output spans the new jazz messengers of the UK underground, fresh tangents in hip-hop-tipped-beatmaking, and snapshots of Havana’s burgeoning club culture. 

Arc Records is Gilles new label founded in 2019. Selecting reissues from his personal archive (some 50,000 plus records) shines a light on these magnificent records and the stories that brought them to us.

Gilles is the source of so many of our musical influences and memorable restaurant moments. His long search for the elusive Tam Tam Tam album ended at Brawn after Egon & Madlib hand delivered a copy they had found on a recent digging trip to São Paulo. He has been a huge support to us and we have collaborated on a number of projects from the ‘Brawnswood’ tent at the inaugural We Out Here Festival to 2 editions of the Ricci festival in Catania, Sicily. 

Shabaka and the Ancestors, Wisdom of Elders

Wisdom of the Elders was recorded in Johannesburg in 2015 on one of many trips Shabaka Hutchings took there to immerse himself in the country’s rich musical heritage. The album is a psalm in nine parts. An episodic unfurling of a sonic journey across the Atlantic. 

“The grand scheme of this album is to present the musical language that I normally associate with my UK bands in the context of SA musicians and musical sensibilities,” explains Shabaka Hutchings. 

8 men in a studio in Johannesburg; one tenor sax, one alto sax, one trumpet. One on vocals, one on ivory, one bass, one on percussion and one the drums. 800 million voices. 700 years. Millions of bones cracking under the weight of 22 false free years. Innumerable tiny sparks. One uncontrollable blaze. 

Shabaka Hutchings – Tenor Sax 

Mthunzi Mvubu – Alto Sax 

Mandla Mlangeni – Trumpet 

Siyabonga Mthembu – Vocals 

Nduduzo Makhathini – Rhodes, Piano 

Ariel Zamonsky – Bass 

Gontse Makhene – Percussion Tumi Mogorosi – Drums

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