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Kassa Overall

8th November 2024, 8.30pm

On his first two studio albums Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz and I Think I'm Good, Kassa layered virtuosic drumming, meticulous production techniques, and incisive lyricism to establish himself as a rhythmic innovator and visionary poet, using his voice to address the injustices of the carceral system, the pharmaceutical industry, and anti-black racism, while wrangling with the perils of his own mental illness.

Ticket prices

£35 – £50

Line-up

KASSA OVERALL – drums, vocals
MATT WONG – piano, synth, keybass
BENDJI ALLONCE – percussion, background vocals
TOMOKI SANDERS – saxes, background vocal

His most recent album, 2023’s Animals, saw Kassa pushing his kaleidoscopic, subversive vision further than ever before as layered Roland 808s pushed against avant-garde drumming in the vein of his mentors Elvin Jones and Billy Hart, the latter of whom he studied with at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The album also found Kassa pushing his message further, and is the sound of an artist aware of the cost of embodying one’s natural self in the public eye, a deep reckoning with the two-sided truth that to perform one’s freedom for an audience can mean succumbing to life inside a cage.

His albums have been placed on many top 10 lists over the years. Expect to hear what the band are currently working on as well as material from previous albums.