London's jazz scene has not had it this good for decades, and this man is one of those who sparked a renaissance. Best known for his work, alongside Kamaal Williams, in now defunct duo Yussef Kamaal, the London-based drummer has been a pillar of the scene since he was a teenager. In the years since he emerged with his brothers in United Vibrations, he’s jammed with Kamasi Washington at 180 The Strand, collaborated with hypebeast Godhead Virgil Abloh, and played with almost every UK jazz musician worth their salt.
With a solo album in the pipeline, Yussef says working on his own allows him to be free: uncompromising in choices of sounds and collaborators. He's running with that freedom, working on multiple projects as a producer and player with some of the key names in the UK jazz scene and beyond. A testament to the breadth and scope of his work, Yussef sound tracked and curated the Louis Vuitton dinner show Paris Men's Fashion Week in January, collaborating with none other than Virgil Abloh and Benji B.
Following 2019's single Duality, 2020 is set to be his busiest year yet, with a debut solo album in the pipeline as well as collaborative projects across the board.