Afro Roots Fest- Sinkane and Alsarah & the Nubatones

Afro Roots Fest- Sinkane and Alsarah & the Nubatones

Apr 25, 2020
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM


Sinkane was born in London to Sudanese parents, raised in Ohio, and now calling New York City home. The former skate punk turned afro-funk whiz Ahmed Gallab refines his sound and message to peak form on his seventh studio album, 2019’s Dépaysé, (French for “to be removed from one’s habitual surroundings”), and dedicates it to the brave men, women and children fighting against oppression in places like Brazil, Sudan, and all over the world. Indie rock fans may know Sinkane from his work playing with groups like Caribou, Yeasayer and Of Montreal. Afrobeat fans know him as the musical director and vocalists for the Atomic Bomb! Band (along with fellow members David Byrne, Money Mark, Damon Albarn, Dev Hynes and others), rediscovering the work of Nigerian funk pioneer William Onyeabor. Rhythm Foundation fans know him for his epic concert in 2016. It is a pleasure to welcome him back to the Bandshell.

Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the USA, finally feeling most at home in Brooklyn, NY where she has lived since 2004. Alsarah & the Nubatones were born out of many dinner conversations between Alsarah and percussionist Rami El Aasser about nubian ‘songs of return’, modern migration patterns and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. A common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds, and shared experiences, they expanded the conversation to include Armenian-American oud player Haig Manoukian and French-born Togo-raised bass player Mawuena Kodjovi. Under the leadership of Alsarah, the Brooklyn-based group’s sound grew into what they have dubbed as ‘East-African retro-pop’.

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