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Sudanese-born and Brooklyn-based musician Sinkane boasts a style as eclectic and nuanced as his own musical trajectory and upbringing. Born Ahmed Gallab, his genre-bending tendencies flawlessly blend krautrock, free jazz and funk rock with Sudanese pop. He has honed his craft in his stints with Caribou, Yeasayer, and Of Montreal, and as musical director of ‘ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor.
The son of two college professors, Sikane moved to the United States when he was five as Sudan’s political violence began to spiral. His lyrics display a remarkable aptitude for songwriting and a masterful grasp of his craft.
KCRW says of Sinkane “ It takes a disciplined mind as well as an artistic heart to curate so many influences and disseminate them wisely,” and Pitchfork says “Gallab tackles slow-moving funk, spaced-out psychedelic pop, and peppy tropicalia with confidence. His creative malleability is impressive,” going as far as comparing him to a small-scale mold of Fela Kuti.
- Read a review of Sinkane’s Mean Love in Pitchfork
- Read a review of Sinkane’s Mars in Pitchfork
- Read about Sinkane on KCRW’s music blog
- Read about Sinkane on City Slang
- Listen to Sinkane’s How We Be
- Watch How We Be’s official music video