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)


5/2/14: Young Traditionalists Rocking Their Roots: The Pete Seeger Tribute Concert

 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



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.


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