Jazz Lates: CoN & KwAkE
About Jazz Lates
Jazz Lates is a series of intimate Jazz events that take place in our wonderful living room. On Saturday 24th September it is with great pleasure that we welcome CoN & KwAkE to the living room stage.
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About CoN & KwAkE
CoN&KwAkE are Confucius MC and Kwake Bass. They share long and entwined histories with saxophonist and Native Rebel label owner Shabaka Hutchings, and with many of the incredible London musicians and producers who have emerged over the last decade. The basement jams they hosted – originally in Kwake’s teenage bedroom and later in his Brockley Rise ‘Drumgeon’ – were part of a rich and interconnected community where beat-makers, instrumentalists and vocalists would come together and make the music they needed.
These two have spent years making things happen from the sidelines. Con has been embedded in UK hip hop since the early 2000s and spent over a decade as an educator in a primary school, which involved running Rap Club, where he’d bring artists like Kwake’s Speakers Corner Quartet to meet the children. The club included pre-teen versions of Jesse James Solomon and Lowski. Back in 2013 Con was the support of choice for Mos Def, and this year he was touring with UK hip hop stalwart Jehst.
Kwake is, among many other things, Musical Director for Sampha and Kae Tempest. Back in 2006 he turned his beat-making into live drums for Speakers Corner Quartet, the house band at the much-missed Brixton open mic night of the same name, and in 2021 both Con and Kwake performed at the sold-out SCQ show at The Barbican. He started playing drums aged five, was playing sessions with his musician dad in his early teens, and switched live drums for beat-making aged 14. He got back behind the drum kit when he was 21 and has become the player of choice for travelling US heavyweights, playing with MF Doom, Jeru Tha Damaja and Joey Bada$$ as well as UK major players Lianne La Havas and Mica Levi. As well as his own drums-n-electronics live shows, he is a director of his Lewisham-borough studio The Room where CoN & KwAke’s recent album ‘Eyes in the Tower‘ was part-produced.
Their music carries a deep knock inspired by moments of hip hop genius from early ‘90s boom bap to the Madlib-era sample masters and through to Kendrick and co. These references are layered with the uniquely London sound of people who’ve grown up improvising their own musical structures to create the sounds we all need.
About Magic on Wax
Closing out the night we have the brilliant Magic Wax taking to the stage.
Alex C and BYO Boogie are Magic Wax – a DJ duo hosting regular parties focused around high-quality sound and rare, global grooves. Playing to crowds at venues boasting audiophile soundsystems such as Behind This Wall, Brilliant Corners and HWK, Magic Wax parties are an eclectic dive into all-vinyl obscurities and analogue dancefloor grooves. Online tickets available here on Dice.
LIVE MUSIC 9:30PM