The London jazz scene has long had a reputation for being one of the most fresh and creative on the international music map. Nubiyan Twist is one of its most important pillars. Nubiyan Twist is a jazz-afrobeat big band from London. Their music is a unique hybrid of jazz, island soul and African and Caribbean sounds. The 10-piece orchestra moves freely between jazz, hip-hop and soul, drawing on the cultural identity of the African diaspora. Drums, percussion, brass section, keyboards, bass and guitars, accompanied by phenomenal vocals, remind us how much joy and positive energy can be given by live music, which has been particularly longed for in recent times.
Their latest album Freedom Fables received high marks in almost all music media. In Loud And Quiet the longplay got a rating of 8/10. Positive reviews are nothing new for Nubiyan Twist. Their 2018 eponymous debut and the LP Jungle Run recorded for Strut two years ago were equally well received. The band’s singles have been eagerly featured on Gilles Peterson’s shows, and they’ve found their way into top jazz playlists on streaming services. The list of artists with whom the band has collaborated is also impressive, including Mulatu Astatke, Cherise, Nick Richards and Ego Ella May. The philosophy behind Nubiyan Twist – jazz open to influences from various genres, focusing on energy, symbiosis and groove close to soul spirit and funk dynamics.