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Alsarah & The Nubatones: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Alsarah & The Nubatones: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

  • 11 min

When singer Alsarah left her native Sudan, she was just a child who'd shown an interest in music. She's said it served as her coping mechanism during a subsequent transition to life here in the U.S. That passion led her to a university degree in ethnomusicology.

It also drew her to musicians who were passionate about the intersection of culture, music and migration. Together, their one-of-a-kind expression has been called "East African retro pop." But that tag only scratches the surface: In their hands, the music pulses, breathes and comes alive with a mix of tradition and contemporary influences.

Alsarah and her band The Nubatones mesmerize and enchant in this performance behind Bob Boilen's Desk. They undoubtedly opened new worlds for more than a few who saw the performance live, so it's a pleasure to share it with the world.

Manara is available now:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/manara/id1140203214
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Manara-ALSARAH-NUBATONES/dp/B01J94E9AY
Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/album/0VsLfPU2ksPxugI7qhbDPx
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Alsarah_The_Nubatones_Manara?id=Bsv3gtmz2sgrym5d6nv56usvkqm

SET LIST:
"Ya Watan"
"3roos Elneel"
"Fulani"

MUSICIANS:
Alsarah (vocals); Nahid (backing vocals); Rami El Aasser (percussion, backing vocals); Mawuena Kodjovi (bass, backing vocals); Brandon Terzic (oud).

CREDITS:
Producers: Felix Contreras, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Nicole Boliaux; Production Assistant: Jenny Gathright; Photo: Raquel Zaldivar/NPR.

For more Tiny Desk concerts, subscribe to our podcast: http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510292/tiny-desk-concerts-video

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