3/28/2014: “Silt/طمي” Washington DC Album Release Party!

Hello Little East-Africa,

We wanted to tell you how much we love you, and how we can’t imagine a party without you. So since we can’t bring you to us, we will come to you! On Friday March 28th at 8pm, you are invited to join us at Tropicalia in Washington DC for our debut album release party. Opening the night for us is none other than D.C’s own DJ Underdog (OKAYAFRICA). Grab your tickets in advance and make sure you come out because we are in town for one night only!

WHAT: Alsarah & the Nubatones Washington DC Album Release Party
WHERE: TROPICALIA, 2001 14th St., NW. D.C.
TIX: $8 ADV || $12 DOOR

Out Today on 12″ Soukura Remix EP


Design: Maryam Parwana


Wonderwheel Recordings is proud to present the debut EP & a remix 12″ dubbed Soukura Remix EP for Alsarah & The Nubatones. Called “The New Star Of Nubian Pop” by The Guardian, the album, Silt was produced by Alsarah who describes the sound of Silt as “East African Retro Pop” – it’s music that harkens back to the hazy sounds of 1960s and 70s Nubian music with its haunting instrumentation, soaring vocal melodies, and pentatonic arrangements.

The original song “Soukura” a small taste of the upcoming album Silt (out on 3/11) gets a signature deep and entrancing Ancestral Soul remix by African house legend Boddhi Satva . Perennial Wonderwheel favorite The Spy From Cairo gives “Nuba Noutou” a dubby dancehall re-rub, and label head Nickodemus takes “Rennat” into late night house territory with his remix, letting only the slightest of vocals come through and build tension until the final moments of the tune.


3/13/2014: “Silt/طمي” NYC Album Release Party!

Dear friends (and strangers we make musical love to),

We are so excited to invite you to our debut album release party on Thursday March 13th at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn NY. If you are already a fan and have been with us since the start then you know we have been struggling to make this happen for a few years now, and this party is as much for you as it is for us. We couldn’t have done it without your support!

We have found a good home for our album with the boutique label Wonderwheel Recordings and this new musical family of ours will be joining us on stage spinning some tunes to warm your heart with the sounds of Nickodemus and DJ DRM. Also joining the Nubatones on stage will be our dear friends Brandon Terzic on Oud, Tali Hersh on Keys, and my darling sister Nahid on vocals. We will sing and play our hearts out for you, and then we will march our way across the street to Bémbé for their monthly iBomba party to dance the night away with you! So come out, bring your friends, your neighbors, and those random people you barely talk to on Facebook. It’s going to be a party!!!

WHAT: “Silt/طمي” NYC Album Release Party
WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2014
WHERE: Baby’s All Right. 146 Broadway, Brooklyn NY
DOORS: 8pm   
TICKETS: $10 adv. | $15 door.
BUY TIX: http://silt.brownpapertickets.com/


11/21/13 – The Secret Music Salon Presents: FAIROUZ


After last year’s secret music salon, I was so overjoyed with the beauty of the community that showed, and felt that wonderful feeling of connections building. That feeling is exactly why I became an artist. And so I vowed (to myself) that I will continue this endeavor every year in an attempt to both challenge myself creatively and to help in the feeding of my community artistically.

Fairouz has been a huge influence on my musical upbringing as well as being a part of everyone’s sonic memory and life’s soundtrack in the middle-east and north-africa whether directly or indirectly. She is the most recorded arabic female singer of all time after all. However, whenever I have attended tribute shows here in the US (because that’s where I usually see them) the conversation usually revolves around the creative prowess of the Rahbanni Brothers, and later on her son as well, who wrote the majority of her music. All very good I say, they are creative masterminds. But this year, on the eve of Fairouz’s actual birthday, I would like to celebrate the power of the woman in front of the music. Because as brilliant as the Rahbannis were/are as a family, their music would’ve never reached any of us if not carried on the vocal waves of one of the most versatile and influential arabic singers of all time.

Say What! Yes indeed, it is what you are thinking, a tribute band!!! So my dear friends I would be honored if you can join me yet again for another secret music salon (except not so secret anymore) featuring music by: Omnia Hegazy, DJ Ushka, and the Fairouz Tribute Band (yeah we just made up that name). The Tribute band is basically comprised of the Nubatones (Haig, Rami and myself) + Marandi Hostetter on violin, Bridget Robins on Nai, Marissa Arciola on Bass, David Buchbut on percussion, and Shelley Thomas on additional vocals.

Where is all this goodness happening you ask me? Well, this year we are moving to a new location (goodbye secret loft) the beautiful Freebrook Mansion located in the heart of Bedstuy. This historic building is a community space located at 375 Stuyvesant Ave, Brooklyn NY decked out with spiraling stairs and chandeliers from the 1900s.

When is all this goodness happening? On Fairouz’s birthday of course! Thursday Nov 21, 2013 (no we won’t tell you how old she is).

So tell your friends, and come ready to make new friends. Libations will flow (cash bar on premises), music will lapp against your ears, and dancing will ensue afterwards to the sonic globe trotting of DJ Ushka. We are about to have another old fashioned salon good people!! A community space where we meet, greet, and share in the wealth of beauty that is all around us. Tickets are on sale now for the lovely low price of $10! Or you can buy them at the door for the equally reasonable, if not as low, price of $15.

Sat 9/21/13 – because MAHICANITUCK never stands still!

Hello friends,

Its been a while since I’ve reached out to you guys, and for that I apologize, but it’s because I’ve have been busy this summer creating a stash of goodies for the winter (more to come on that soon). In the meantime some new, and already good, friends of mine have reached out to me about bringing the Nubatones up to Mahicanituck, aka Croton on the Hudson river, this Saturday 9/21 to celebrate the Fall equinox. There will be food, there will be music and there will be log cabins!! (yeah the city girl in me got all excited about the log cabin part i’m not going to lie). This is a full weekend gathering for family and friends. You can purchase tickets for the full weekend which includes food and lodging, or you can purchase single day tickets, or you can just come for the afternoon. Its only a 45min train ride on the MetroNorth or you can drive up there. In all cases come ready to have a beautiful time, breathe some fresh air and roll around in the grass with your kids.

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ps. Mahicanituck is the original name for the Hudson river given to it by the people of the first nation. It means water that never stands still.



June 6, 2013: Nairobi Live @ Tree House – Kenya


Omg omg omg, nairobi why are you so damn sexy? Yesterday at Blankets & Wine it was like the who’s who in the Nairobi fashionista world, being serenaded by the some of Africa’s finest talents (Dela killed it on stage with her energy and her dancers, a must see if you are ever near her). So many beautiful people, and so much fun in the sun.

If you missed the show, then don’t be sad, in fact be glad! You can come check out my show this Thursday, June 6th for a very special installment of the series “Nairobi Live” at Tree House dubbed Afro-Asia night. I will be performing along side Jahm (synergy productions) and my friend Kombo of AfroSimba band. Its going to be intimate, sexy, sweaty, and best of all, FREE so come out come out.


June 2, 2013: Blankets and Wine XLIV

Greetings from the beautiful city that is Nairobi. Over the past few months my travels have taken me around east-africa working on many exciting projects, from Mogadishu to Juba, and I have been lucky enough to have met some really wonderful musicians as a result. Among these friends are AfroSimba, and Jamir Adiong of SMP Kenya. We connected, laughed and made music together. AfroSimba even made a home for me in their band while I lamented missing my own bandmates, the Nubatones, back in NYC. And so now, we are going to present the music of the Nubatones on a Nairobi stage for the first time ever at the 44th edition of Blankets and Wine, along side Zahara (South Africa), Dela (Kenya), and Prisca Ojwang (Kenya).

Make sure you come to the show if you are in Nairobi, or tell a friend if you are not, and keep an eye out for other secret shows that just might pop up in the next few weeks.

What: Blankets and Wine XLIV
When: Sunday, June 2, 2013
Where: Carnivore Gardens
                Nairobi, Kenya


Sat 3/16: Ushering in the Spring

I don’t know about you guys but for me, March marks the arrival of spring regardless of the actual temperature outside. So we are all coming out of february’s hibernation and gallivanting around the city once more ready to dip our feet into the musical springs of the east river and run across the bumpy hills of central park…right on up to the Apollo Music Cafe as a matter of fact. The Nubatones will be sharing the stage with Sofia Rei on Saturday March 16th. Doors open at 9pm and show starts at 10pm (we are on first)

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12/08: Barbes…

No matter where we go to play, whenever we come home we love to be at our favorite little venue, Barbés. Join us in person or (tune in if you can’t) on December 8th for a two part night at Barbés’ annual WFMU‘s live broadcast from 6-9pm as we do a few songs. After that we shall be doing a full set 10-11:30pm so hang out and usher in the holidays with us.

Over the big pond, then take a right…

Greetings from the road my lovelies…As much fun as a girl can have in the studio you still need to dip out once in a while and check out the scenery. So I decided to take a little jaunt over the big pond then take a right and land myself in the beautiful Malaysia. I will be performing with some other artists at the 5th Marketplace of Creative Arts in Johor Bahru in conjunction with the World Islamic Economic Forum Dec 5-6. So if you are in the area come say hi to my friend Brahim Frigbane and myself as we do a few tunes.

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