Last week, Sons of Kemet put on a thrilling performance of “My Queen is Harriet Tubman” at the Mercury Prize ceremony.
The jazz quartet made the 2018 shortlist for the annual music prize, which is awarded to the best album released in the UK by a British or Irish act. Inaugurated in 1992, the Mercury, according to its official website, imagines itself “the music equivalent to the Booker Prize for literature and the Turner Prize for art.”
According to New Statesman, Sons of Kemet were a surprise favorite for this year’s prize, but they didn’t win for their shortlisted album, Your Queen is a Reptile. That glory went to Wolf Alice for Visions of a Life. But they did put on a performance to remember in their rendition of “My Queen is Harriet Tubman.”
Watch the band play their hearts out: