Shabaka and the Ancestors unveil new album

    ‘We Are Sent Here by History’ is out now.

    Shabaka and the Ancestors We Are Sent Here By History new album
    Shabaka and the Ancestors performing in 2017. Image: Dimitri Hakke/Redferns via Getty Images

    Shabaka and the Ancestors have released their latest album, We Are Sent Here by History. The new 11-track record comes four years after their debut full-length, Wisdom of Elders.

    The narrative of We Are Sent Here by History engages with “the fact that we need to try to imagine what the future can hold idealistically,” bandleader Shabaka Hutchings told the New York Times in a recent interview. “We need to start articulating our utopias, articulating what needs to be burned and what needs to be saved.”

    Shabaka and the Ancestors is just one of Hutchings’ ensembles. Last year, he released an album as part of the trio The Comet is Coming, and in 2018 put out Your Queen is a Reptile with Sons of Kemet. Those are primarily London-based projects, while Shabaka and the Ancestors is a collaboration between Hutchings and South Africa-based musicians.

    Two members of the Ancestors—upright bassist Ariel Zamonsky and percussionist/vocalist Gontse Makehene—also play in the Johannesburg collective Spaza, who released their self-titled album last year.

    Stream We Are Sent Here by History below: