Alsarah and the Nubatones w/ J Pope and the Hearnow
Tonight is the second part of our series Nisa/Women: Muslim Cultural Identity-Six Women on Stage and in Conversation. Six women artists with roots in Muslim communities in North and East Africa, the Middle East, and the United States will perform and engage in public conversation with audiences at the Creative Alliance and in Baltimore schools and universities.
About Alsarah & The Nubatones:
About Alsarah & The Nubatones: Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. Born in the capital city of Khartoum, where she spent the first 8 years of her life, she and her family escaped the ever-stifling regime of her native country and relocated to Taez, Yemen. When a civil war broke out in Yemen in 1994, she and her family abruptly moved to the US. Shortly after she arrived in the US, Alsarah began her musical training when she was 12-years-old. Later she attended the the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, in Hadley MA and then studied music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University.
Residing in Brooklyn, NY, She has toured both nationally and internationally with critically acclaimed groups, such as the Nile Project, where she was featured on their debut CD, Aswan (named in the top 5 must hear international albums by NPR).
Alsarah & the Nubatones were born out of many dinner conversations 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 migration experiences, expanded the conversation to include Armenian – American oud player Haig Manouki -French Togolese 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’.
About J Pope and the Hearnow:
Opening the night will be J Pope and the HearNow, a hip hop infused alt-soul group based in Baltimore, Maryland.
As one of Baltimore's best kept musical secrets, the band's reputation for eclectic composition, deft improvisation, and profound lyrical content is built on high-energy live performances. After years of questions (and threats) from their supporters and Baltimore's most renowned performers, J Pope and company have finally finished a studio recording that they're confident will leave their supporters satiated for at least a week (fingers crossed! no, seriously... it's great). Their debut album, Soul Searching, is a snapshot of a period that saw shifting band members, failed experiments, and lessons learned, but also intense moments of inspiration and clarity. The project was produced by acclaimed Baltimore artist Wendel Patrick (Professor of Hip Hop at Peabody Conservatory, Co-producer of PRX's Out of the Blocks) and is set to be released in June of 2017. J Pope and the HearNow is: Jasmine Pope (vocals), Jacob Kohlhas (guitar), Dan Samuels (drums), Andrew Freed (bass), Gabriel Pickus (percussion), Daniel Wallace (saxophone).
This project is made possible through The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts Building Bridge’s Program.
The mission of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program is to advance relationships, increase understanding and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.
FRI FEB 16| 8PM | $13, $10 mbrs (+$3 at the door)
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