Kamaal Williams to headline MENT 2020!
The golden boy of London jazz & his ensemble of premiership musicians on the main stage of Kino Šiška!
The opening concert of your favourite winter festival will host the project Kamaal Williams led by prolific South London pianist and DJ Henry Wu, one of the key members of the modern resurgence of London jazz, inspired by urban subgenres and the British electronic music heritage.
Wu became famous as member of the duo Yussef Kamaal which in 2016 released the landmark British jazz album “Black Focus”. Two years later, he was back as Kamaal Williams with the magnificent solo debut “The Return”, a shining example of his unique ‘wu funk’, which took London by storm. In the meantime, he deejayed at Dekmantel festival, whose duo Dekmantel Soundystem will perform at MENT 2020, and contributed to the legendary mix series DJ Kicks. A treat for every fan of old and new jazz, hip hop and British electronic music!
The opening concert on Wednesday, 5 February 2020, will also feature the Ukrainian group of seven actresses armed with 15 instruments Dakh Daughters, the groovy and psychedelic Turkish baklava Lalalar and the effervescent Slovenian brass jazz trio Pantaloons.
Daily tickets will be available from 15 January 2020 on when we will announce the entire programme for MENT 2020.
“The Return is a sweet snapshot of London 2018—an encapsulation of a newly brewing jazz community, uniting numerous cultural strands that make up the city. When the scene needed him most, Kamaal Williams returned to show the way.”
Kamaal Williams is the latest project led by prolific South London artist Henry Wu. As the mastermind behind Yussef Kamaal, Wu released a landmark album for British jazz with 2016’s “Black Focus”. This latest collective continues the tradition of fusing jazz with the sound of urban London, resulting in a live show that captures a truly raw energy for which Wu has become known. “The Return” is the debut release on Black Focus Records, a new musical outlet for Wu’s community of friends and collaborators who currently have the world’s attention locked onto the capital. Despite being seen as one of the key members of the modern resurgence of London jazz, Kamaal labels his music as ‘wu funk’, rejecting the ‘jazz’ label in favour of his own brand of funk, jazz and club music.