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Alsarah & the Nubatones


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” from the 1970s through today with original material as well as traditional music of central Sudan. Their set is a musical journey through diaspora and migration from an urban viewpoint.

 Alsarah is a Sudanese born singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist. Born in the capital city of Khartoum, where she spent the first eight years of her life, she relocated to Taez, Yemen with her family to escape the ever stifling regime in her native country. In 1994, when a brief civil war broke out in Yemen, she abruptly moved to the U.S. Alsarah started her musical training at the age of 12. After attending The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, in Hadley, Massachusetts, she spent four years at Wesleyan University studying Music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology.

 Residing in Brooklyn, NY, she performs music from different parts of the Middle East and East Africa. Most recently, she has been working with The Sounds of Taraab performing classical Taraab music from Zanzibar and Kenya ranging from the 1940s through today. Heavily influenced by different styles of music from her native home to her adopted one she is putting together an album of original material to be released later this year. For more information, please visit: .

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/29/2012: Alsarah & the Nubatones

The Sudanese-born singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist performs music from different parts of the Middle East and East Africa, including classical Taraab music from Zanzibar and Kenya.

Alsarah & the Nubatones