Alsarah & the Nubatones
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
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.
This event is part of the Year of Immigration, which aims to transform dialogue into impact on urgent issues related to immigration, global migration and refugees, and to foster open conversation and greater connection with the University of Maryland’s large and diverse international community. For more information visit yearofimmigration.umd.edu.