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Making East African Pop Feel at Home in Brooklyn

Alsarah and the Nubatones take Nubian “Songs of Return” in new directions influenced by the singer’s many moves

Don’t call Alsarah the princess of Nubian pop. That’s what The Guardian did in 2013, when it interviewed the Sudan-born, Yemen-raised, and Brooklyn-based East African retro pop singer. The publication lauded her “powerful voice and eclectic mix of north and east African tunes, as well as Arabic sounds and traditions.” Alsarah laughs when I mention the article.

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