Alsarah & The Nubatones
Friday, 18th March @ 8:00PM
$45/$39 + BF
East African retro-pop that isn't afraid to groove
Drawing on her Sudanese heritage and the influence of Yemen where she lived briefly, Singer-songwriter and ethnomusicologist Alsarah makes spellbinding and eclectic East African retro-pop from her base in Brooklyn. She has caved out a distinct sound with Middle Eastern swing and a nod to the retro sounds of Ethiopian music of the 60s & 70s.
Alsarah brings her star quality and expressive live performances with her quartet, The Nubatones, to Melbourne for one show only at the Brunswick Music Festival.
“The new princess of Nubian pop and Sudanese retro.”
With supporting act...
The Public Opinion Six
The Public Opinion Six (formerly The Afrobiotics) are a six piece Melbourne based band that breathe new life into the sound of West Africa and bring a powerful message of resistance to the next generation of afro-beat. Forged in the fire of The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, The Six take the energy of this juggernaut and condense it into a powerful music where an intuitive understanding between the band allows their musicianship to shine.
“Make your power a fire, so we can cook enough for all …” chants Lamine Sonko out front of The Public Opinion Six as guitars weave layers of rhythm and the hypnotic bass and drums ready the dance floor for a rapid crossfire between the organ and horns. This is afro-beat medicine administered directly to your soul.
Purveyors of Outernational Psychedelia, Broadway Sounds play a heady mix of rnb, afro rock, boogie funk, psych pop, calabash rock, township jive, soul, kwela jazz, exotic folk and soca/ calypso with a pop song sensibility. This is demonstrated in ‘The Last Detail’ & ‘Wildflowers’ EP’s, both co-produced and mixed by Aaron Shanahan (Miami Horror).
Broadway Sounds have played many venues and warehouse parties around Melbourne and have shared bills with locals includingClient Liaison, Kirkis, Harvey Sutherland, Baro, Andras Fox, NO ZU, DD Dumbo, World’s End Press, Silent Jay, Cumbia Cosmonauts and internationals such as Awesome Tapes From Africa, Jamie XX, Invisible City DJ’s, Carl Craig, Psychemajik, Bob Moses, Todd Terje and Tako.
Melbourne based DJ, event curator and radio presenter, MzRizk, is renowned for her ongoing contributions to Melbourne’s
rich cultural and music landscape. Her many projects are a distinct blend of music knowledge, creative diversity and
cultural and community engagement.
As one of Melbourne’s busiest DJs, MzRizk has supported Australian acts such as Remi and Hiatus Kaiyote; as well as
international artists Mos Def, Public Enemy, Jill Scott, The Daptones, Afrika Bambaataa, Bilal, Cody Chestnut, DJ Maseo,
Talib Kweli, Jurassic 5 and many more