Alsarah, the Sudanese-born musical visionary who helms the Nubatones, has brought East African music into the future by connecting to the past. It’s East African Retro-pop and it is danceable, political, and powerful. The last Nubatones show at Creative Alliance was nothing short of EPIC and we expect the same tonight!
About Alsarah & The Nubatones:
Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist. Her musical approach is enchanting and unique, informed by the hypnotic rhythms and melodies of her birthplace but not beholden to them. Alsarah embraces Sundanese tradition with the knowledge that all cultural traditions are constantly evolving based on the nature of creativity and exposure to other cultures. The Brooklyn based group Alsarah & the Nubatones was born out of many dinner conversations between Alsarah and Rami El Aasser about modern migration patterns, the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt, and ‘Songs of Return’. These songs address the longing for home in Alsarah’s Nubian village community as it was before the Egyptian government forced families into exile in order to build the Aswan High Dam. Like American Blues, these songs express sorrow to bring healing – a central purpose of Alsarah’s music. A common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds, and shared migration experiences, expanded the conversation to include Armenian-American oud player Haig Manoukian and French-Togolese bass player Mawuena Kodjovi. Under the leadership of Alsarah, the group’s sound grew into what they dubbed as ‘East- African retro-pop’. After Hiag’s passing, The Nubatones welcomed brilliant oudist and former student of Hiag, Brandon Terzic, and the charismatic and talented vocalist Nahid.
Limited Seating, Standing Room Event. Please contact the box office with accessibility concerns or to hold seating.
FRI JUN 21 | 8PM | $18, $15 MEMBERS (+$3 at the door)
This engagement of Alsarah & the Nubatones is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.