Okayafrica TV: Sinkane at Cameo Gallery

Okayafrica TV caught up with Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane at his first ever live performance with his new band at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery.

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Okayafrica TV posted up at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery for Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane's first ever live performance with his new band. We caught up with Sinkane to talk about his family's move to America from Sudan on political exhile, his teen punk years, playing with Yeasayer, Of Montreal & Caribou and the influence of Sudanese music on his current songwriting. Catch Sinkane live at our Okayafrica Showcase with The Very Best at his August residency at Zebulon in Brooklyn. Also be sure to check out Ahmed's exclusive Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape.

Video shot by Yves Wilson, edited by Allison Swank.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

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The multidisciplinary artist's latest release "Blackness Be Divine" gives listeners a glimpse into what the musician has to offer.

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The EP's opening track, "Blackness Be Divine" is, "like a letter of empowerment to all Black people across the diaspora to embrace their brilliance and to know that they are royalty living in this world," he says. "The project was inspired by events that took place this year during the middle of the pandemic with the rise of the black lives matter movement and protest across the country."

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Eli Fola's self-proclaimed "Yoruba tech soul" elements are loud and clear in this brilliantly eclectic piece of music.

Watch Eli Fola's performance visuals for "Blackness Be Divine" below.

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