Brooklyn based Sudanese afro-pop funk artist releases new album.
The Nigerian king of electro funk, William Onyeabor, passed away last month at the age of 70. For those of you who don’t know him, I suggest you watch this amazing 30 minutes Noisey documentary about him. I don’t want to put too much pressure on you, Sinkane, but some say you’re his spiritual successor. How does that sound?
Ahmed Gallab, a.k.a. Sinkane is half American, half Sudanese. His brand new solo album – Life & Livin’ It – superbly expresses the spirit of the artist’s identity and cosmopolitan sound. In many ways, it’s easy to hear the influences of Curtis Mayfield and William Onyeabor in Sinkane’s compositions. If you’re wondering what I’m on about, just see for yourself. Start with this song from his previous album Mean Love. The dance moves on the music video are so good.
As the USA is going through times of strong political and social ambiguity, several commentators have analyzed the lyrics of the song “Uh Huh” to be related to this, but I personally think it’s got nothing to do with that. He sings “Kulu Shi tamaam”, Arabic words meaning: “Everything will be all right”, and the album coincidentally came out 3 days after Trump’s inauguration. Inevitably, some journalists therefore think it has to be Trump he’s singing about. As if he wrote, recorded and published his album in just a few days while thinking about Trump throughout the whole process. Come on… I can’t stand this idea.
I like to think he doesn’t actually pay that much attention to the political turmoil happening in the US and around the world. He’s just a musician doing what he does best: playing music and singing, while trying to spread good vibes among listeners. The past months have been so orange and American for everyone in this world that I like to think I can still listen to bands without having to see Trump’s face when I close my eyes.
As stated by Sinkane himself, even though his primary intention is to make music that is joyous, he also wants to make music that is socially conscious when you scratch beneath the surface. But all in all, he says, Life & Livin’ It is an album about all kinds of experiences.