African Retro-pop Group to Perform at Kahilu Theatre

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Alsarah & the Nubatones. PC: Carlos Ramirez.

The internationally acclaimed East African retro-pop group Alsarah & the Nubatones will make their Hawai‘i debut at Kahilu Theatre on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

Alsarah is a singer/songwriter and bandleader originally from Khartoum, Sudan. She relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the U.S. and settling in Brooklyn, NY where she has been living since 2004.

Between albums, Alsarah works with a Sudanese artist collective, Refugee Club Productions, on a variety of projects including the critically acclaimed documentary “Beats of the Antonov,” which explores how music binds a community together—especially refugees who fight to protect cultural traditions.


Alsarah & the Nubatones were born out of many dinner conversations about Nubian “songs of return,” modern migration patterns and the cultural exchanges between Sudan, Egypt and Armenia. A common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds and shared migration experiences allowed the group to find their sound, which grew into what they have dubbed “East African Retro-Pop.” The band is comprised of Alsarah on lead vocals and melodies, Nahid singing back-up vocals, Mawuena Kodjovi on bass, Brandon Terzic on Oud and Rami El Aasser on percussion.

Since their first show in October 2011, the group has performed nationally and internationally at many prestigious festivals and venues. With diverse audiences, the Nubatones continually prove that soul transcends cultural and linguistic barriers.

Tickets for the Dec. 14 performance are $65, $45 and $25, and can be purchased online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or in person at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office in Waimea.


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