Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Spotlight: Alsarah & the Nubatones

 The Nubatones’ music influenced by the spirit of Sudanese and Nubian culture is driven through the global span of its members. Formed in the summer of 2010 by the five members, Alsarah, Haig Manoukian, Karine Fleurima, Rami El Aasser, and Mawuena Kodjovi; Alsarah & the Nubatones are already making great tunes with their unique blend of East African retro pop and traditional sounds.

We recently caught some of their new music via AddisTunes.net. With three more shows coming in our 4-part Egypt series we thought this band was a perfect fit as we explore the music and cultures of Egypt, North Africa and the Arab world.

The group has already performed nationally at various festivals and some popular clubs that hosted their stages are the Chicago World Music Festival, Joe’s Pub (NYC), and La Pena Cultural Center (Berkley CA). Their new 4-track project is a blend of original compositions and traditional pieces that is melodically grounded in the Sudanese and Nubian musical traditions but sails in the pocket of funk and soul music. Their set is a musical journey through diaspora and migration from an urban scope.

Download or Stream below:

Alsarah & the Nubatones_EP by Alsarah
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