“Dépaysé” Sinkane

Singer/songwriter Ahmed Gallab AKA: Sinkane was Born in London to Sudanese parents, raised in Ohio, and now calling New York City home. The former skate punk turned afro funk artists’ new album Dépaysé, is set for release on May 31st via City Slang. Sinkane, plays at this year’s 37d03d Festival on May 4-5th in Brooklyn, NY.

From Sinkane

“Dépaysé is a French word that basically means “to be removed from one’s habitual surroundings,” says Ahmed Gallab. “By extension, it means to be disoriented, homeless. That’s a feeling I relate to very much in these times — and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. That word gave me clarity and made my journey of self discovery that much more exciting.”

“The song came to me in a dream: I dreamed I was walking the streets of Omdurman at night, a city along the Nile in my native Sudan, when I heard someone playing guitar and singing in Arabic. It turned out to be my father! He was sitting cross-legged on the ground, under a streetlight in front of my childhood home. His voice sounded hypnotic, raw and powerful as he sang in Arabic: ‘I am your life/And all of our lives/From within the city until our uprising/Our days have left us in the city and, with our imagination, we move forward.’ He sang that over and over, and I sing those same words in my song. This, along with the rest of Dépaysé, has given me peace. I am no longer afraid of the unknown. I’m no longer confused about my duality of my Sudanese and American identities. Now I accept it, and it’s made me feel new. This clarity has made me feel more connected with people than ever before. In celebrating our differences we should also understand that we all relate as human beings. I’m singing for the day we realize that we all relate.”


1. Everybody
2. Everyone
3. On Being
4. Dépaysé
5. Ya Sudan
6. Stranger
7. Be Here Now
8. The Searching
9. Mango

Sinkane 2019
Tour Dates

5/04-05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Pioneer Works, 37d03d Festival
6/04 – Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
6/06 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
6/07 – Beverungen, DE @ Orange Blossom Festival
6/08 – London, UK @ Field Day Festival
6/12 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall *
6/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
6/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere * ^
6/15 – Boston, MA @ Cafe 939 *
6/16 – Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot *
6/18 – Toronto, ON @ The Velvet Underground *
6/19 – Detroit, MI @ El Club *
6/20 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
6/21 – Chicago, IL @ Chop Shop * ^
6/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club * ^
6/25 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern ^
6/26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir ^
6/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent ^
6/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre ^

* = w/ Bassel and The Supernaturals
^ = w/ The Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show