From the mind of singer-guitarist Ahmed Gallab comes Sinkane, and an appealing blend of Afropop and dance club rhythms with R&B, psychedelic pop and Tropicália. Gallab’s childhood in Sudan brings to his style a Pan-African influence of Sudanese music and haqibah, as well as distinct horn and synth arrangements. This background merges with the lessons learned from his stints with Caribou, Yeasayer and Of Montreal, not to mention his time as musical director of the supergroup ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor, which brought together guests David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem.
With bandmates jaytram on drums, Ish Montgomery on bass and Jonny Lam on guitar, Sinkane’s latest album, Mean Love, blends Gallab’s smooth voice with striking hooks and wickedly inventive grooves. The buzz surrounding a killer turn at NYC’s CMJ Music Marathon in 2012 validates the success of Sinkane’s stylistic restlessness. With the audience onstage, Sinkane’s slow-burning African funk, pulsating dubstep and infectious R&B will emphatically affirm this group’s cross-cultural origins.
Guests should arrive an hour before the show to enjoy complimentary beer tastings from Lavery Brewing Company, the official brewery of MIAC.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors/military and $12 for students/youth. For tickets, call 814-824-3000 or visit miac.mercyhurst.edu.