Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the USA, finally feeling most at home in Brooklyn, NY, where she has been residing since 2004. She is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop music, touring both nationally and internationally.
With her main outfit, Alsarah & the Nubatones, she has released 2 full-length albums: Silt (2014) and Manara (2016). She has also released an album with French electronic producer Débruit titled Aljawal (2013). She was also featured on the Nile Project’s debut CD, Aswan (named one of the top five must-hear international albums by NPR in 2014). In between albums, Alsarah works with the Sudanese artist collective Refugee Club Productions on a variety of projects, including the critically acclaimed documentary “Beats of the Antonov.”