Kamasi Washington continues to push creative boundaries with his latest nine-minute visual for “Hub-Tunes”.
American jazz composer & saxophonist, Kamasi Washington, provides his own spin on Freddie Hubbard‘s 1963 album, continuing the transformation of the future of jazz. Kamasi effortlessly intertwines his other-worldly sound with the acknowledgment & connection to his ancestors via his Pan-African roots, as seen in his latest visual “Hub-Tones”.
Directed by Nkiru, the video depicts luxuriously adorned dancers wearing crystal embellishments in the likes of jazz & blues legend Nina Simone. Satin is a popular choice for the director, as we see the gold shimmery curtain in the background decorated with a Pan-African flag. The focus mainly is on one dancer, bestowing her beauty through her loss in a rhythmic trance, swaying from side to side as piano chords and alluring saxophone notes drive her. As the tambourine shakes, she closes her eyes and lets the music take her in. When the camera pans out, we are then able to view the two other dancers, slowly mesmerizing us visually with their smooth & sultry moves. An “extraterrestrial whirlpool of tranquilizing vibrations” is how this visual would ideally be described.
“Hub-Tones” appears on Kamasi Washington’s sophomore album titled Heaven & Earth. Press play to view the video below: