Described by The Guardian as “the new star of Nubian pop” Alsarah will Launch her new album ‘Manara’ at the Rich Mix London on Saturday 22 October bringing the East African retro pop vibes all the way from New York.
Alsarah’s previous London concert was sold out, we highly recommend to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment – https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/alsarah-nubatones
After the concert Alsarah will join her audience for cd signing and after party until late with dj Missy Ness (Tunis/France) spinning the best tunes from the region guaranteed to make you dance all night long!
The questions “What is home?” and “What does it sound like?” lie at the crux of the creation of Manara. As Alsarah explains: “Sometimes we leave home willingly, sometimes we are forced out, sometimes we plan to go back, and sometimes we don’t know if we’ll ever see our loved ones again. But one thing we always know is that we don’t want to forget, or be forgotten. As the sea takes us, Manara is the lighthouse anchoring our journey, and the keeper of our secrets. Not a destination, but rather a marker along the way.”
East African retro-pop from the acclaimed Sudanese-born singer-songwriter and ethnomusicologist – Alsarah. Born in the capital city of Khartoum, where she spent the first 8 years of her life, she relocated to Taez, Yemen, but was forced to move to the US in 1994 when a civil war broke out. Now residing in Brooklyn, NY, she features in various projects such as the Nile Project and was featuring on their acclaimed album Aswan.
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-today with original material and traditional music of central Sudan. Their set is a musical journey through diaspora and migration from an urban lense.
Missy Ness is an artist with an insatiable curiosity living between Paris and Tunis. From Tunisian roots, she grew up in Paris, and started table-turning at the age of 16. First female deejay in Tunisia, she is renowned there as one of the pillars of the underground and alternative scene. Her music, intimately related to the urban cultures, with a specific focus on Maghreb and Middle East. Her sets are made up to build an atmosphere more than a style.