Stream Alsarah & the Nubatones' Vibrant 'Soukura' EP

Nickodemus, Boddhi Satva, and the Spy From Cairo bring African pop to the dance floor

Alsarah & The Nubatones 'Soukura' EP Stream Remix
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Sudanese-born, Yemen-raised, Brooklyn-based Alsarah has been dubbed "the new star of Nubian pop" and one listen to her forthcoming Soukura EP more than justifies the designation. The singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist has a knack for creating songs that are the result of both study and experience, which encompass ancient ideas and brand-new sounds, that feel effortless although they require a great deal of skill to make. Her February 25 short-player not only captures the sound of Alsarah's incredible band, the Nubatones, it includes remixes from others in the Wonderwheel Recordings stable: African house artist Boddhi Satva, dub dude the Spy From Cairo, and Giant Step producer/DJ Nickodemus. Stream the entire EP below, pre-order Soukura here, and preview the March 11 Silt album here.

Alsarah shared some words on the set: "'Soukura,' (it's late) is an original composition by Alsarah & the Nubatones that speaks of tender secrets and the longing for loved ones far away. It's a song about speaking of our desires without shame and secrecy and without the need to seek permission. The remixes as a whole captured the dark twinkling of the sounds of 'Soukura' and lay a beautiful groundwork to ease those unfamiliar with our sound into the world of East-African Retro-Pop."

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