Shabaka announces new album, Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace

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Shabaka has announced a new solo album, Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace, which will be released via Impulse! on April 12. The prolific jazz musician (Shabaka and the Ancestors, Sons of Kemet, Comet Is Coming) collaborates with a number of different artists on the album, including André 3000, Esperanza Spalding, Moses Sumney, Brandee Younger, Floating Points, Laraaji, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Saul Williams, Elucid and more. Today, he’s shared a new track, “End of Innocence,” which you can hear below.

The album arrives after Shabaka’s announcement that’s he’s retired from playing saxophone, and he’s since focused on the flute. “Since then, it has slowly changed the scope of my musical inner landscape and drawn me towards a multitude of other instruments in the flute family,” he said in a statement. “As more flutes have been added to my arsenal including Mayan Teotihuacan drone flutes, Brazilian Pifanos, Native American flutes and South American Quenas, I’ve started to appreciate the underlying principles that cause these instruments to resonate most fully and use this understanding to form a concept allowing me to freely move between instruments.”

Read our 2021 interview with Shabaka. In 2022, his group The Comet Is Coming released Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam.

Shabaka new album Perceive its beauty

Shabaka Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace tracklist:

1. End Of Innocence
2. As The Planets And the Stars Collapse
3. Insecurities
4. Managing My Breath, What Fear Had Become
5. The Wounded Need To Be Replenished
6. Body To Inhabit
7. I’ll Do Whatever You Want
8. Living
9. Breathing
10. Kiss Me Before I Forget
11. Song Of The Motherland

Shabaka live dates:

Sat. March 23 – Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival
Tue. April 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust
Fri. May 3 –  Amsterdam, NL @ Bimhaus
 Sat. May 4 – Brussels, BE @ Trocadero
Mon. May 6 – Paris, FR @ New Morning
Wed. May 8 – Berlin, DE @ Emmauskirche
Thu. May 9 – London, UK @ Barbican
Thu. May 30 – Sat. June 1 –  Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Wed. June 12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Thu. June 13 – San Francisco, CA @ SFJAZZ

Shabaka : Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace

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