Alsarah & The Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that Soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by the pentatonic scale they blend a selection of Nubian Songs of Return'– a music genre that derived from the mass displacement of people during the construction of the Aswan dam in Egypt. Influenced by artists from Sudan, Ethiopia and Zanzibar, the band – self-dubbed makers of “East African retro-pop” – have curated an eclectic sound that celebrates transience and self-expression. Born in Sudan and raised in Yemen, before finally settling in America, transience and displacement are at the heart of everything Alsarah and the Nubatones explore in their music.When the military coup of 1989 broke out in Sudan, her parents, both vocal political activists, moved the family to Yemen, where Alsarah experienced “real, intense racism” for the first time. The debut album "Silt" (2014) was highly praised, in 2016 the current album "Manara" was released. Her powerful voice is accompanied by traditional instruments such as the oud, and electronic sounds that add a fascinating blend of tradition and modernity.
Alsarah - vocals
Nahid - backing vocals, keyboard
Mawuena Kodjovi - bass, trumpet
Brandon Terzic - oud
Rami El Aasser - percussions