We are so happy to announce that Silt Remixed is officially out today! Featuring remixes by Boddhi Satva, DJeff, Nickodemus, Chancha Via Circuito, Captain Planet, Jeremy Sole, Clap! Clap!, Isaac Aesilli, and the Spy from Cairo
Check out the second official video off our debut album Silt. Directed and Edited by Maryam Parwana, the video for our single “Habibi Taal” was shot between the streets of Cairo and Brooklyn. It’s an ode to all the wonderful people and places that made our first show in Cairo so memorable.
We want to give a shout out to the following awesome people for…well, being awesome amongst many things but most specifically for helping us make this video happen:
-Maryam Parwana for yet another brilliant video directed and edited with so much love and care.
-Maha Moneb for all her help navigating the streets of Cairo. You are the ultimate ‘can do’ secret weapon!
-Hayy Festival for bringing us out to do the show!
-Israel’s Record Shop (1118 Fulton St, Brooklyn NY).
Also make sure you check out Silt Remixed officially out OCT 21.
We are so excited to announce to you the upcoming release of Silt Remixed out on Oct 21, 2014 via Wonderwheel Recordings. This is a truly global interpretation of our debut album, Silt featuring “…Argentinian laptop mystic Chancha Via Circuito [who] brings “Fugu” into the rainforest with his deep and folkloric take on the tune, while Captain Planet brings “Wad Alnuba” into deep, late night slo-mo Disco Dabke territory. Africa is represented on “Silt Remixed” by both Central African Republic’s Boddhi Satva and Cape Verdean/Angolan producer DJeff, who both properly represent the wildly popular Deep House scene in the motherland with their refixes. Sorceress producer Issac Aesilli takes “Bilal Al Dahab” into melancholy, abstract electronic territory while KCRW DJ and LA fixture Jeremy Sole gives a tasteful, classy beat driven remix of “Habibi Taal” with help from Clap! Clap! and Beats Antique. Lastly, Wonderwheel label boss Nickodemus turns “Rennat” into a hypnotic, driving four to the floor filler, while labelmate The Spy From Cairo goes straight for the jugular with his dubby dancehall version of “Nouba Noutou”
I hope you enjoy this remix of “Wad Alnuba” ft. The Sounds of Taraab by LA based producer Captain Planet which premiered today on IMPOSE
Last year I took a trip to the refugee camps in Maban, South Sudan to work alongside sudanese filmmaker and Refugee Club founder, Hajooj Kuka. He was working on a documentary about the war in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains of Sudan. He had initially thought the project would merely be about the desperate state of the refugees and the situation in the camps. However when he arrived he quickly discovered a 3 dimensional person instead of the stereotypical ‘victim’ he expected to find. He found a people determined to not merely survive but to live fully and protect their culture fiercely. He found music, rich complex and innovative. After his first trip we met up in Cairo and I saw some of the footage and decided to go back out there with him to get a closer look at the music and its role in this story of displacement.
Along with finding answers about the Blue Nile and the Nuba Mountains refugees, we found questions to be asked of all the Sudans, both north and south. What does it mean to be Sudanese? Why have we been in back to back civil wars since our independence? What is Sudanese music? who gets to decide all these things?
Along with the documentary we are also planning on releasing an album of field recordings that I gathered while out there. I am currently also curating an EP of remixes by some of my favorite producers. More info on both will be coming soon, in the meantime enjoy some samples from the field recordings:
So following the release of our album, Aljawal, Débruit and I will be on tour in Europe this summer May 28 – June 30th 2014. If you are anywhere near by please come out and join us for some good music, hot weather, and good times.
A few weeks ago our friend Olivier Conan (responsible for all the wonderful programing over at Barbés, as well as part of the phenomenal psychedelic cumbia band Chicha Libre) reached out to me to tell me about this amazing new series he is curating down in red hook at Pioneer Work, Center for Arts and Innovations. Every second sunday the gallery and all its studios open up their doors with live music and performances throughout the space. This Sunday, May 11 2014 Alsarah & the Nubatones will be sharing the night with the formidable 14-piece salsa dura band MELAZA, along with the amazing Bruno Levy & Deantoni Parks. Doors open at 5pm, show starts at 7pm, and entrance is FREE. So come out, wander the galleries, drink the wine and bring all your friends!
PS. If you’re a nerd like me, then there is a wonderful and unique little discussion at 4pm that you should also try to attend on the Existential Mathematics of Vertigo led by Laurent Derobert. The algebra of feelings basically. I’m not making any promises, but this could be the answer to everything.
WHAT: Second Sunday Series w/ Alsarah & the Nubatones, MELAZA, and Bruno Levy & Deantoni Parks
WHEN: Sunday, May 11, 2014
4PM Existential Mathematics of Vertigo
5PM Open Studios
7PM Alsarah & the Nubatones
8PM Bruno Levy & Deantoni Parks
8.30PM 14-piece Salsa Dura band MELAZA
WHERE: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St. Brooklyn NY 11231
COVER: FREE (suggested donations)
On Friday May 2, 2014 the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts is hosting another amazing event in their festival The Sweetest Song, this time in honor of the great folk legend Pete Seeger. This will not be your typical tribute show where we all go up there and do covers of Pete Seeger. In fact it will be a line up of brilliant young traditionalists pushing the boundaries of our traditions. I am so very honored that the Nubatones has been selected to be a part of this line-up and can’t wait to rock the stage along with Flor de Toloache led by Mireya Ramos; Palestinian wedding singer Anas Tabash; American singer of Rwandan and Ugandan descent, Somi; and Sephardic singer Samuel Thomas with his ASESA. It’s a free show, so come out and bring all your friends!!
WHAT: Young Traditionalists Rocking Their Roots: The Pete Seeger Tribute Concert
WHERE: Brooklyn Music School, Auditorium Theater.
126 Saint Felix St. Brooklyn NY (ft greene)
WHEN: Friday, May 2 2014 @ 7pm-9:30pm
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