The Nubatones Go On Tour: Summer 2015

We have decided nothing brings a band together quite like a summer trip around the world. So we packed up our bags and got on a plane to start a long summer trip taking us from Morocco to Lithuania, Kenya to Hungary with a long creative sabbatical in Cairo in between all our show dates. We will live together, eat together, try not to kill each other, and make music together all summer long. Needless to say we can’t wait!!!!!!!


5/23 > Festival Arabesques , FRANCE

5/29 > La Nouvelle Vague de Saint Malo , FR

5/30 > Les Orientales Festival  , FR

5/31 > Les 3 elephants Festival  , FR


6/4 > Alsarah & the Nubatones @ Alrab3 , EGYPT

6/10 > Oufuqy Music Festival, EGYPT

6/15 > Alsarah & the Nubatones LIVE in Dubai, UAE

6/20 > Lisboa Mistura , PORTUGAL


7/13 > Le 6B , FR

7/17 > Festival Musiques d’ici et d’Ailleurs , FR

7/22 – 23 > Lithuania 

7/25 > Clandestino Botnik Festival  , SWEDEN

7/26 > Sommarscen Malmo , SWEDEN

7/30 > Aux Heures d’Ete  , FR


8/2 > Alsarah & the Nubatones LIVE in Nairobi, Kenya

8/8 > Ozora Festival, Hungary 

We have more shows coming up all over the place this summer so keep an eye out on our events Calendar for more info.










Dec 19: TamarRaqs Winter Solstice Hafla

Part of BAMcafé Live
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 – 9pm
Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAMcafé
Brooklyn, NY
Celebrate the longest night of the year with an exuberant evening of North African music and dance hosted by belly dancer extraordinaire TamarRaqs. Showcasing some of the premier practitioners of raqs sharqi (belly dancing) in the city, this winter hafla (Arabic for “party”) is a high-spirited evening of Middle Eastern music, vibrant dance, and uninhibited creative expression.

BAMcafé Live Host: Phillip Andry
BAMcafé Live House DJ: DJ Idlemind “The Appropriate Agent”

Special guests:
Renowned world fusion artist, choreographer and master teacher Dalia Carella
with/ Alsarah feat The Fairouz Tribute Ensemble:
Bridget Robins – Nai
Brian Prunka – Oud
Marandi Hostetter – Violin
Marissa Arciola – Bass
Shelley Thomas – Voice
Rami El Aasser – Percussion

Jan 9: OKAY EAST AFRICA w/ Hailu Mergia & Low Mentality – Alsarah & the Nubatones – The Happy Show (DJ)

Okayafrica and Multiflora Present: OKAY EAST AFRICA w/ Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality, Alsarah & the Nubatones, The Happy Show (DJ)

Friday Jan 9, 2015
9:30 PM
21 and over
$12 – $15

“Beats of the Antonov” TIFF ’14 People’s Choice Award Winner


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?

Beats of the Antonov saw its world premiere at TIFF ’14 and was selected as the winner for the prestigious People’s Choice Award.

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:

Sep 19, 2014: The Return to Little East-Africa w/ special guest Feedel Band – Washington DC

Aug 15, 2014: Debruit & Alsarah LIVE @ the 303 – NYC


Aug 8, 2014: Debruit & Alsarah LIVE @ theLIFT – LA


July 10 2014: The Nubatones @ ElGenaina Theater, CAIRO

On Thursday July 10th Alsarah & the Nubatones makes their Egypt debut at Hayy Festival at ElGenaina Theater in Azhar Park. Opening the night is the talented Shireen Abdou.


“Aljawal” Europe Tour: May 28 – June 30

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.

28/05 Poitiers – Le Confort Moderne – FR
05/06 Strasbrg – Contre-temps, electrogroove festival-FR
06/06 Rorschach – Treppenhaus Rorschach – SWI
07/06 Gothenburg – Clandestino Festival – SWE
08/06 Stockholm – Official Fasching Site – SWE
12/06 Barcelona – Sonar Festival Official Page – SP
13/06 Lille – La Cave aux Poètes – FR
19/06 Brussels – Bonnefooi Brussels – BEL
21/06 Bologna – Parco del Cavaticcio – IT
26/06 Larz – Fusion Festival – GER
27/06 Odense – PHONO festival – DEN
28/06 Malmo – Sommarscen Malmö – SWE
30/06 Sete – Worldwide Festival – FR

5/11/14: Second Sundays w/ Alsarah & the Nubatones, MELAZA, and Bruno Levy & Deantoni Parks

Second Sundays Series @ Pioneer Works

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
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)


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