In the early 1980s, famed jazz saxophonist and musical luminary Yusef Lateef traveled to Nigeria as a Senior Research Fellow to study, write, and teach at the Centre For Nigerian Cultural Studies at Ahmadu Bello University. He cut this record with students and local musicians while there; it only got a small local press, and remained virtually unknown by jazz fans and collectors for over 30 years. On Hikima, Lateef leads a nonet of African musicians in seven compositions that fuse his deep blues and jazz roots with native Nigerian instruments, drums and chants. The sounds stretch from meditative and melancholic to urgent and unrelenting. A singular recording impossible to classify or box in.
"Lateef’s Hikima is immediately wayward, frenetic, radical, the kind of highlife you want to march to." - Yinka Elujoba
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Without doubt one of the most exciting bands currently playing in the UK. Saw them live at the Southbank and they were amazing - you could see and hear the utter delicacy of their improvisational approach; it nearly fell apart once or twice but they kept the jam going with supreme skill. It's that ability to sit on the knife-edge in front of 200-odd people, that really sets them apart. And Dawn Lit Metropolis isn't so much a song title as a gospel. The T-shirt is fantastic too. albo