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, 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 and the PAC morphed into a 1970s nightclub, Sinkane’s slow-burning African funk, pulsating dubstep and infectious R&B will emphatically affirm this group’s cross-cultural origins.
Be sure to arrive early for beer tastings provided by the Lavery Brewing Company.
All those planning on attending the tasting must be 21 years of age and provide proper ID.
This performance of Sinkane is sponsored by the Erie Reader and the entire 2015-2016 season for the Mercyhurst Institute of Arts and Culture is sponsored by Cumulus Media.
The performance will take place in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students.