Soweto Kinch: Black Peril
Soweto Kinch
Resident Artistic Director

Soweto Kinch: Black Peril

MAY 19-22 | SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director Soweto Kinch

May 19 - May 20, 2022
Miner Auditorium
ThuMay 19

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FriMay 20
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Soweto Kinch is a seeker – a wide-open musician, finding inspiration in the spoken word, theater, dance, and history. The Black Peril, first performed in London in 2019, is an ambitious work, a musical portrait of the fractured world of a century ago, when the Spanish flu raged. From 1919-21, anti-Black race riots broke out on both sides of the Atlantic, from Glascow to Liverpool to Chicago, St. Louis, Tulsa, and Kingston, Jamaica. “There was this idea of disease, virus, the fear of infection – of white girls being miscegenated by Black men,” he says, drawing parallels to the COVID-19 pandemic and contemporary racial animus. “It says something about how societies respond to crisis. There’s always a scapegoat.” Kinch is inspired here by Black classical composers of the early 20th century, by ragtime, and by early jazz in which he hears “a pulsating energy that I identify with Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott.” Throughout, Kinch’s brilliant saxophone work and rapping apply a cutting edge to this musical journey.

The London-born saxophonist and rapper is seamlessly aligned with jazz and hip-hop. A progenitor and leader of the burgeoning British jazz scene, he is equal parts John Coltrane and Public Enemy. Kinch has “a commanding way of looking at jazz, at hip-hop, and at the whole performance situation” (The New York Times).

ABOUT SOWETO KINCH

Kinch’s work is a musical portrait of a century ago, when the Spanish flu raged and anti-Black race riots broke out on both sides of the Atlantic.

Soweto Kinch brings Black history to life. The jazz saxophonist‘s new project explores, in music and dance, a century of racial conflict

Financial Times

Soweto Kinch brings Black history to life. The jazz saxophonist‘s new project explores, in music and dance, a century of racial conflict

Financial Times

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