Sinkane returns to the UK tomorrow for a full tour including another London show on Dec 1st. To celebrate the start of the tour, Sinkane today releases a a new live video, recorded at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn last month by Philip DiFiore. The clip gives fans a taste of what to expect from Ahmed Gallab and his band.
Melodically beat-driven and meditatively lyrical, Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional history of the artist. Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, nostalgic, and ultramodern at the same time.
From Gallab’s childhood in Sudan there is a Pan-African influence of popular Sudanese music and haqibah, as well as distinct horn and synth arrangements more common to East Africa. This background merges with the lessons learned from Ahmed‘s stints with obsessive craftsmen such as Caribou, Yeasayer and Of Montreal, and the monumental task he underwent as musical director of ‘ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor.’
There are doses of West African funk slow-burners, a noir blaxploitation cool, and a more afro-centric Curtis Mayfield is present, specifically in album standout ‘Hold Tight.’ A surprising country soul rising is detectable in the title track, Mean Love, and also in the hauntingly beautiful slide guitar work of‘Galley Boys’ a la such soul heavyweights as James Carr and Solomun Burke.
Sinkane 2014 UK Tour Dates:
18th Nov – Start The Bus, BRISTOL
19th Nov – The Deaf Institute, MANCHESTER
20th Nov – Tin Angel, COVENTRY
1st Dec – Oslo, LONDON
2nd Dec – Belgrave Music Hall, LEEDS
3rd Dec – Opium Rooms, DUBLIN