Album of the week: We Are Many by Soothsayers

Each week our music editor Dave Randall picks an album (with a local connection) you need to hear …

We Are Many by Soothsayers

It seems fitting that my final lockdown album of the week for this year is one which reminds me, and I’m sure many of you, of great nights out listening to live music here in Brixton.

We Are Many is the ninth album from local luminaries Soothsayers. Led by trumpet player Robin Hopcraft and saxophonist Idris Rahman, the band serve up politically on-point reggae infused with Afrobeat and a few other well chosen flavours.

Recordings for the album began during a trip to Brazil and it features a number of Brazilian guests, as well as the wonderful Senegalese singer Modou Touré and Soothsayer regular contributor the brilliant Julia Biel.

A socially distanced album launch takes place at the Hootananny this Sunday 6 December.

Visit the Hootananny website for more details.

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mono pic of band

Dave Randall is a musician and author of Sound System: The Political Power of Music