Through ‘Hub Tones’ - which now has its own video directed by Jenn Nkiru - sci-fi saxophonist, composer and all round jazz hero Kamasi Washington is hoping to reconnect with ancestors through merging a Freddie Hubbard tune with African rhythms: “As an African-American, a lot of us don’t know the country of our origin, that’s why most of us take on the ideology of Pan-Africanism.
Director Jenn Nkiru tapped into this idea for her video for ‘Hub Tones’, using her own British-Nigerian heritage as a reference point: “There’s a traditional ceremony called Oboni in the Ikwerre tribe, my parents’ tribe — the tribe of my heritage.” This ceremony involves a moment of rapture and transcendence; the characters in Nkiru’s film are completely lost in Washington’s music, closing their eyes at times.
Does Washington’s music have the same spell-binding effect on you? Have a watch.
Jenn Nkiru’s background in filmmaking is pretty impressive - she previously worked on Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘APESHIT’, and made a documentary film called En Vogue based around NYC’s vogue and ballroom culture.
Back in June, Kamasi Washington gave us quite a different sort of video - a promo for ‘Street Fighter Nas’ based around the retro computer game Street Fighter. Washington got to work on with director A.G. Rojas through their shared appreciation for the game, and of course his music as well. Washington has also worked with other big names including Flying Lotus, Ibeyi, Thundercat and Run The Jewels.
Kamasi Washington’s second album Heaven and Earth was released this June through Young Turks, and it’s still available to purchase.