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Closing the Kino Outdoor stage from 6pm on Sunday night is award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch.
Mixing scalding hot, hard bop grooves with racing freestyle lyrics, hip-hop beats, rap and jazz riffs, the saxophonist has amassed an unprecedented array of accolades including two MOBO awards, two Urban Music Awards and a Mercury Prize nominee.
Soweto’s music has seen him tour extensively around the world with his own ensembles as well as forging lasting collaborations from the US, India to Australia and Sudan to Brazil. He’s one of the most exciting and versatile musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University.
The festival gratefully acknowledges the very kind support of private individuals, patrons and companies which have supported these free events in 2019 including the Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Chalk Cliff Trust, Rother District Council, UBI International, Pets Pyjamas, Benenden Hospital Trust, Harvey’s Of Lewis, Beside The Sea Holiday Cottages, Space Co Working, The Gallivant, Country Property Group, Rush Witt & Wilson Estate Agents, Heringtons Solicitors, PizzaExpress Live, Wilson Wilson & Hancock, Booker & Best Ltd, Eye Dream, Bramley & Teal Holiday Cottages, Reeds Rains Estate Agents, JD Architects, Stamco Building Supplies, Hastings International Piano Festival and MRA Associates.
Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from Oxford University, he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including two MOBO Awards for Best Jazz Act (2003, 2007), and Mercury Prize Nomination for Album of the Year (2003). Most recently, Kinch has extended his work in music media becoming the main presenter for BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now, and fronting BBC Four documentary Jazzology (2018).
His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have further garnered him recognition in the urban music world: having supported the likes of KRS ONE, and being championed by the likes of Rodney P and BBC 1 -Xtra’s Twin B. He’s collaborated with Speech Debelle, Lady Leshurr and worked with Stormzy for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. With an impressive discography that has covered a wide range of themes from the Seven Deadly Sins, sacred geometry and slavery/emancipation – Soweto’s music has seen him tour extensively around the world with his own ensembles as well as forging lasting collaborations from the US, India to Australia and Sudan to Brazil.
In 2013, Kinch presented a stage performance of his concept album The Legend of the Smith at Birmingham Repertory Theatre – which toured at The Belgrade Theatre (Coventry), The Albany (Deptford), Banlieux Bleues (Paris), and Chat’s Palace (Hackney). Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and directed by Jonzi D it tells the story of a young MC, Mike Smith, confronted with a range of contemporary temptations – melding spoken word, dance, jazz and hip hop it’s a dynamic commentary on a world of consumerism and the music industry. Kinch has also composed extensively for a number of theatre and dance productions, including Roy Williams’ adaptation of Absolute Beginners at the Hammersmith Lyric, and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Statement of Regret at The National Theatre (2007), Jonzi D’s Marcus Da Sadist (2010) and Ivan Blackstock’s A Harlem Dream at The Young Vic (2014)
This year the festival is pleased to continue alfresco jazz at the wonderful Kino cinema Terrace in the heart of Rye.
Situated in the middle of town, next to the Butter Market and St Mary’s Church, this beautiful building has been recently refurbished and transformed into one of the best boutique cinemas East Sussex has to offer, and is equipped with state-of-the-art digital high definition projection and sound equipment to ensure the highest quality viewing experience.
Kino Rye’s intimate and stylish café-bar and sunny outside courtyard is popular with film-goers and also with customers who just want to enjoy the excellent coffee, cake and other delicious offerings, many of which are supplied by local producers.
With a fantastic food menu and fully licenced bar, come relax on the Kino Terrace and enjoy some wonderful sounds.
Address & contact
Lion Street (opposite the Town Hall and near St Mary’s Church)
Telephone: 01797 226293
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