Soweto Kinch is a British jazz alto saxophonist and rapper. He was born in London in 1978 to a Bajan father, who is a playwright, and British-Jamaican mother, who is an actress. Kinch began playing saxophone at the age of nine after learning clarinet at Allfarthing Primary School, London. After meeting Wynton Marsalis four years later he discovered and became passionate about jazz, first concentrating on piano and later, in his teens, focusing on alto saxophone. He attended Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire from the age of 13 through to completing his A levels at 18.