After a collaborative performance at Brooklyn’s 37d03d (formerly PEOPLE) Fest this weekend, today I am releasing a new song, “Ya Sudan. ” It's from my forthcoming new album Dépaysé out May 31st on City Slang. A song about reflecting on my cultural roots, family, and what it means to be Sudanese. Stream it now via an animated video inspired by vintage Sudanese vinyl artwork and features childhood family photos.
Some of you might have seen Sudan in the news lately. I am so inspired by how the recent uprising in Sudan has unified Sudanese people all over the world. I feel like we are truly understanding our identity. It feels inclusive and welcoming. Sudan is one of the most diverse places on Earth. From the Nuba Mountains to Port Sudan. Dongola to Darfur. Kassala to Khartoum. We are people made up of different languages, cultures, and religions. Our differences create our beautiful and rich identity. As for me, growing up outside of Sudan has given depth to my identity. This is the message of ‘Ya Sudan.’
Being Sudanese is about being yourself unapologetically. Not letting anybody define who you are.
This song is for the Kandakas who have been at the forefront of toppling Omar El-Bashir. And the strong men and children who stand beside them. And all of us outside of Sudan standing together showing the world our resilience. There is no better time than now to be Sudanese.”
We're also announcing a fall headline U.S. tour. Tickets go on-sale Friday, May 10th. See below for a full itinerary for upcoming dates.
Recent singles include title track “Dépaysé”-- which features lyrics in Arabic and English and combines psych-rock with elements of Sudanese folk music -- and the acclaimed lead single “Everybody” (via NPR Music), praised by outlets including Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Brooklyn Vegan, and more.
The new t shirts were designed by my friend Dale Dreiling and custom hand dyed by Sinkane keyboardist Elenna Canlas using the Shibori dye method. Elenna used organic indigo and marigold botanical dyes to make blue, green and yellow. The colors of the first Sudanese flag adopted by the Sudanese people after the country gained independence from Egypt and Britain in 1956.
Dépaysé is available for pre-order HERE.
Sinkane 2019 Tour Dates:
06/04 - Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
06/06 - Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
06/07 - Beverungen, DE @ Orange Blossom Festival
06/08 - London, UK @ Field Day Festival
06/12 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall *
06/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
06/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere * ^
06/15 - Boston, MA @ Cafe 939 *
06/16 - Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot *
06/18 - Toronto, ON @ The Velvet Underground *
06/19 - Detroit, MI @ El Club *
06/20 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
06/21 - Chicago, IL @ Chop Shop * ^
06/22 - Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club * ^
06/25 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern ^
06/26 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir ^
06/28 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent ^
06/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre ^
09/12 - Richmond, VA @ Richmond Music Hall
09/13 - Durham. NC @ Motorco
09/14 - Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
09/15 - Nashville, TN @ Basement East
09/17 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
09/18 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
09/19 - Houston, TX @ Last Concert Cafe
09/20 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links
09/21 - Austin, TX @ The Parish
09/24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live
09/30 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
10/02 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
10/04 - Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
10/05 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater
10/06 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Front Room
10/08 - Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
10/09 - Kansas City, MO @ RecordBar
10/10 - St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
10/12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Music Hall
* = w/ Bassel and The Supernaturals
^ = w/ The Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show
Have a great week!