Now Listening : Alsarah and The Nubatones

Alsarah is a sudanese singer/songwriter with a powerful voice and eclectic mix of north and east African tunes with Arabic influence. Sudanese born Alsarah was recently pegged by the Guardian newspaper as ‘The New Star of Nubian Pop‘ and has built a reputation for her use of vintage middle eastern and and North African influences in her music.


Photo Credit : Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel


“Soukura” and “Habibi Taal” are tracks from Silt, the latest album from Alsarah and the Nubatones. The new album was produced by Brooklyn-based record label Wonderwheel Recordings and is described by band members as ‘East African Retro Pop.

Enjoy the beautiful voice of Alsarah . . . .


“Soukura (It’s Late)”, speaks of ‘secrets untold that must melt and pour out someday’. The over-arching common theme is migration/immigration, and while that is never overtly addressed in a didactic sense, it is the common denominator.

“Habibi Taal” (my love come here) is about where a woman sings to her lover to come and be with her across all distances and different lands.


  1. Patricia Weber
    January 1, 2016 / 11:08 am

    What a beautiful voice! The second video of Alsarah & The Nubatones made me feel like I was also hearing the mid-east influence of Turkey. My husband lived there for 2 years and have been back at least 6 or so times. Thanks for sharing this one Chin We.

  2. Jacqueline Gum
    January 1, 2016 / 11:28 am

    This is the first I have listened to music of this genre…very pleasant surprise! Found myself swaying to the beat! Laugh!

  3. Donna Janke
    January 1, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Thanks for sharing. Alsarah has a beautiful voice. I love the beat in the both clips.

  4. Beth Niebur
    January 1, 2016 / 11:30 am

    I love the music! Especially Habibi Taal” which really appeals to me. Thank you for sharing. One of many things I enjoyed during my trips to Africa has been the haunting music.

  5. Ramona Mckean
    January 1, 2016 / 11:31 am

    I love special introductions to music from other cultures. I’d never heard of this singer before, so thank you!

  6. A.K Andrew
    January 1, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Thanks SO much for introducing me to this woman. Fabulous. Beautiful voice and so elegant.

  7. Michele Harvey
    January 1, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Alsarah has a great sound. I especially enjoyed the second video. I love the stirring rhythms in African music. Thank you for sharing her music.

  8. ken Dowell
    January 1, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Good songs. I like the way the beat and tempo change in the first one, although watching the video all I could see was earrings. Couldn’t understand a word so I was curious about the lyrics.

  9. Tim
    January 1, 2016 / 11:35 am

    That is very sweet. Love world music and this definitely falls into that category. Brought a pep to my step.

  10. Pamela Chollet
    January 1, 2016 / 11:37 am

    What a colorful website, I love the artwork and images posted on your page. What strikes me about the music is the blending of high and low tones. The combination of the aetherial voice for the weighted deep sounds of the percussion is unique and hypnotic.

  11. Andleeb
    January 1, 2016 / 11:37 am

    When I read the lyrics in Arabic, I clicked on video, as I normally try to avoid music as much as possible. My daughter love the song and started dancing.
    Allah gifts His people with different qualities and ask us to explore them and benefit us, also there are some restrictions put from the religions and He knows the best.

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