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Sudan Archives' New Single Will Leave You Hypnotized

Get lost in Sudan Archives' blend of hip-hop beats and violin in "Nont For Sale," off her upcoming Sink EP.

Sudan Archives first caught our attention through the electro-folk experimentations heard in her excellent debut EP last year.

The 24-year-old vocalist and self-taught violinist is now announcing the release of her follow-up EP, Sink, which will be coming out May 25 on Stones Throw.


The budding artist grew up in Ohio, where she found herself becoming captivated with the violin playing style from Northeast Africa. "The way they played it was different from classical music. I resonated with the style, and I was like, 'Maybe I can use this style with electronic music,'" she mentions.

Her songs are a supremely captivating and unique blend of violin, hazy R&B vocals and hip-hop beats, as well as influences from Sudanese fiddlers and West African musicians like Asim Gorashi, Ali Farka Touré and Juldeh Camarah.

Get lost in Sudan Archives' new single, "Nont For Sale," below.





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Sudan Archives Is Back With a Chilling New Video For ‘Confessions’

The violinist unveils two tracks off her forthcoming debut album, Athena, in one video.

Sudan Archives, the multi-talented artist and violinist known for blending genres and hypnotizing beats, has struck once again with an impressive–if not a little trippy–new video.

The video for "Confessions" features the artist shedding her iconic afro for a partially shaved head and long microbraids with green ends. The combination of her hair and the bodice she's rocking conjures images of if X-men's Storm and Wolverine had a child born on Halloween. Fitting, given the artist always delivers music with an eerie, futuristic and divine presence. Confessions is no different.

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Sudan Archives Sink EP cover.

Sudan Archives Is the Future

We talk to the buzzing artist, who blends Sudanese folk music with '90s R&B in her highly-impressive new Sink EP.

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, producer and violinist Sudan Archives released her second solo EP, Sink, last Friday on Stones Throw, a dynamic collection of psychedelic songs that sway toward the minimal and experimental.

Her awe-inspiring, one-woman setup involves looping live strings over electronic beats and a songwriting style that pairs together Sudanese folk and fiddle music with '90s RnB. The cover of her new EP Sink features a portrait of Sudan Archives, her skin made several shades darker to match the midnight black of her iconic afro. It's a powerful piece of art to accompany the new tracks, a statement of unapologetic blackness and defiant beauty.

I spoke with Sudan Archives a few weeks before her Sink EP released. Her lively, oftentimes sassy persona had me cracking up–particularly when she took off on a Drunk History-style retelling of the Oshun story. We talked about Sudan's foundation of playing music in church, power through performance and her connection to Africa.

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Listen to Hymphatic Thabs’ New Album ‘Centre of the Universe’

Hymphatic Thabs releases his first album in 12 years.

Legendary South African lyricist Hymphatic Thabs hasn't released an album since 2007's The Age of Horus. Last week, Thabs was one of the 26 pioneers who were inducted into the South African Hip Hop Museum's Hennessy Wall of Fame.

Today, the rapper shared a new album titled Centre of the Universe on his bandcamp page.

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Trevor Noah, Lupita Nyong'o, Cynthia Erivo & Mati Diop Nominated for 2020 Critics Choice Awards

Check out the full list of 2020 nominees for the 2020 Critics Choice Awards.

This past Sunday, the full list of nominees for the 2020 Critics Choice Awards was announced.

Among the nominees are South African comedian and host of the The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, for his Netflix comedy special Son of Patricia, Lupita Nyong'o for her role in the horror film Us, Cynthia Erivo for her role in the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet and French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop for her film Atlantics.

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