Alsarah & The Nubatones

“Alsarah and the Nubatones have a sound that flows like silt through your fingers one minute and starts a fire beneath your feet the next” - Popmatters

Alsarah & the Nubatones were born out of many dinner conversations between Alsarah and Rami El Aasser about nubian ‘songs of return’, modern migration patterns and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. A common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds and shared migration experience expanded the conversation to include Armenian–American oud player Haig Manouki-an and French born Togo-raised bass player Mawuena Kodjovi. Under the leadership of Alsarah, the Brooklyn-based group’s sound grew into what they have dubbed ‘East–African retro-pop’.

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“José Gregorio has been our mascot and protector for now 10 years,” said Olivier Conan, “Someone stole the bust. We don’t think it’s funny.”
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