credit: Carlos Ramirez
Settled in Brookyln, there is no doubt that the surrounding frenzy, the multiculturalism and the constant tingling of this city, consciously or unconsciously guide Alsarah and her musicians in the search for this perfect balance between urban culture, modernity and traditional reminiscences. Inspired by Nubian Songs of Returns, the golden age of Sudanese pop music of the 70s and the New York effervescence, Alsarah & The Nubatones build a repertoire where an exhilarating oud plays electric melodies on beautiful jazz-soul bass lines, and where sharp and modern percussions breathe new life to age-old rhythms. Some major artists influences, such as Bi Ki Dude the charismatic legend of taarab from Zanzibar, or the iconoclastic Grace Jones, give to Alsarah and her sister Nahid’s voices an incredible richness which widen her musical spectrum while keeping a deep identity.
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