The internationally acclaimed Alsarah & the Nubatones make their Hawaii debut at the Kahilu Theatre Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7 pm.
Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the USA, finally feeling most at home in Brooklyn, NY where she has been residing since 2004. Between albums, Alsarah works with a Sudanese artist collective, Refugee Club Productions, on a variety of projects, including the critically acclaimed documentary “Beats of the Antonov,” which explores how music binds a community together, especially refugees who fight to protect cultural traditions.
Alsarah & the Nubatones were born out of many dinner conversations about Nubian ‘songs of return’, modern migration patterns, and the cultural exchanges between Sudan, Egypt, and later Armenia. A common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds and shared migration experiences allowed the group to find their sound, which grew into what they have dubbed “East-African Retro-Pop.” The band features Alsarah on lead vocals and melodies, Nahid singing back-up vocals, Mawuena Kodjovi on bass, Brandon Terzic on Oud, and Rami El Aasser on percussion.
“Her voice evokes the aura of a Sudanese queen. Her music speaks of immigration, by choice or by force, and goes from electronic to Nubian inspired 70s pop music, to North African Arabic music.” –Next Libération (France)
Since their first show in October of 2011, the group has performed nationally and internationally at many prestigious festivals and venues. With audiences varying in age and ethnicity, the Nubatones have proven over and over that soul crosses all cultural and linguistic barriers.
If You Go
What: Alsarah & the Nubatones
When: Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7 pm
Where: Kahilu Theatre
Information: Tickets can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela