Sinkane is an artist with a real stake in our current cultural and political climate. Born in London to Sudanese parents, raised in Ohio, and now calling New York City home, the former skate punk turned afro funk whiz Ahmed Gallab refines his sound and message to peak form on his seventh studio album, Dépaysé, released on May 31st, 2019 via City Slang.
“Sinkane is an American band comprised of people from all over the world,” says Gallab in his bio letter for Dépaysé. “Our collective experience as children of the diaspora helped bring the music to life in the most honest way possible.” He adds, “Dépaysé is the story of an immigrant’s journey of self-discovery in the Trump era. The music is loud and raw, and it’s bursting with an energy unlike anything I’ve ever done before.” The band — featuring Gallab, Elenna Canlas (keys and vocals), Jonny Lam (guitar), Ish Montgomery (bass), and Chris St Hilaire (drums).
Dépaysé is the follow-up to Sinkane’s acclaimed 2017 album Life & Livin’ It, which earned the band their national TV debut on Conan, an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, and worldwide acclaim from outlets, including Pitchfork, The Guardian, New York Magazine Vulture, The FADER, Vice, ELLE Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Magnet, The Washington Post, and more.