Alsarah & the Nubatones
Alsarah & the Nubatones (Sudan)
When singer Alsarah left her native Sudan, music served as her coping mechanism during her transition to life here in the U.S. Her curiosity led her to a degree in ethnomusicology and to other musicians who were interested in exploring the intersection of culture, music and migration. Together, their one-of-a-kind concert celebrations draw influence from Nubian Songs of Return and East African pop from the '60s and '70's, exploring the richness of cross-cultural exchanges through a seamless blend of vocals with percussion, bass and oud.
“In their hands, the music pulses, breathes and comes alive with a mix of tradition and contemporary influences.” — NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts