Ahead of his upcoming UK tour, Sinkane has just released a new Berlin Sessions EP, with 100% of the proceeds from sales will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center in response to the recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Sinkane, the New York-based project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Ahmed Gallab, featuring Ish Montgomery (bass), Jason Trammell (drums), Jonny Lam (guitar), Amanda Khiri (vocals), and Elenna Canlas (keys and vocals), today released the new EP, a three-track Bandcamp exclusive. Recorded live by the band in the midst of a world tour earlier this year, the Berlin Sessions EP consists of a fired-up cut of “Telephone” and an 8-minute, psyched-out version of “The Way” from the acclaimed new album Life & Livin’ It (City Slang), plus a re-written version of “Yacha,” with Amanda Khiri on lead vocals, from 2014’s Mean Love LP (DFA / City Slang).
The EP is available here: https://sinkane.bandcamp.com/album/the-berlin-sessions-ep
Ahmed Gallab says of the EP:
“Sinkane has always been evolving. With every record I’ve been able to add a new element to the live show. Now, as a six piece, we are better than ever.
This past June we had a few days off in Berlin with the opportunity to get into the local Red Bull Music studio and mess around. We set up and played just as we do live. It was a lot of fun.
The songs are stretched out and really showcase the talent of the group. Amanda Khiri takes lead on “Yacha”. The additional lyrics and vocals were written by her as well. Elenna Canlas and Jonny Lam’s solos reign supreme through out the jams. And I think it’s safe to say that Jason (jaytram) Trammell and Michael Isvara “Ish” Montgomery make it clear that the Sinkane rhythm section is a force to be reckoned with.
Beyond the musicianship I am proud to say that our collective cultures, experiences and identities shine brightly in these recordings. Sinkane is comprised of 6 people from different walks of life. We are a colorful band that believes in peace, love and hope. As citizens of the USA we are here to show the world that our country is a welcoming and accepting one. Where people take pride in diversity and learn from each other’s differences.
As citizens of the world we are here to promote unity.
We firmly condemn Nazism, White Supremacy, Islamophobia, Anti Semitism, Xenophobia, and hate of all kind.
In the wake of the disgusting events in Charlottesville, NC 100% proceeds from this EP will be donated to The Southern Poverty Law Center. Our hearts are with those who are suffering. Not just in our home but elsewhere too. Our shows are a safe place for people with open hearts and minds.”
Sinkane also announced the band’s first-ever performance in Karmakol, Sudan, on December 15th as a part of the Open Sudan Festival. Open Sudan will bring highlights from the Sudanese and international cultural scene together to workshop, exchange and perform, with the aim of showcasing Sudan’s rich culture and connecting Sudan to the international community. During the course of 3 weeks, the Karmakol village will transform into a hub bringing together 500 artists, participants, volunteers and partner organizations to connect and create. On weekends, the doors open to the general public inviting them to participate. The Festival is under the patronage of the Sudanese and Swiss Commission of UNESCO and co-financed by the International Fund for Promotion and Culture, UNESCO. Fans can apply to participate and attend the public events here: www.karmakolfestival.com.
Praise for Life & Livin’ It:
“May this be the album that gives you life.” – The Guardian, 4/5 stars
“2017’s Best Music” – NPR
“The best Sinkane album… a breezy thrill” – Stereogum, ‘Album of the Week’
“Thoroughly enjoyable” – New York Magazine Vulture
“The impression of an artist in absolute control and in full bloom.” – The Wall Street Journal
“As danceable as it is creative” – Entertainment Weekly
“The highlife bluster and catchy hooks of ‘Life & Livin’ It’ are sweet as taffy, like a bright sunburst of positivity that could melt ice.” – Pitchfork
“Uplifting, multifaceted grooves… unrestrained by genre and geography” – Magnet Magazine
“Songs that groove and provoke thought in equal measure… ‘Life and Livin’ It’ brims with musical and lyrical vitality.” – Washington Post
“As effortless as it is fantastically hooky.” – Boston Globe
“A throwback that also sounds very in the now” – Brooklyn Vegan
“A refreshing reminder that prayer needn’t be passive if we’re doing it right, and that in these uncertain times, putting good vibes into the air qualifies as a subversive act.” – NY Observer
“An inspired return that fuses a universal outlook with highly individual songwriting… Each song feels more muscular, the interplay between instruments more assured, more confident.” – Clash, 8/10 stars
“An elegantly executed pop album about determination, self-preservation, and positivity in the face of adversity… a weapon of hope, addressing his Western audiences while making a solid attempt to infiltrate the cultural bubble of Sudan.” – Okayafrica
“Ahmed Gallab has crafted nine tracks that celebrate the type of warmth and spirit that we could all do with a little more of.” – Drowned In Sound
Sinkane 2017 World Tour:
08/31 – Vlieland, NL @ Into The Great Wide Open Festival
09/02 – Larmer Tree, UK @ End of the Road Festival
09/03 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Library (with Cristobal And The Sea)
09/04 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo (with Cristobal And The Sea)
09/05 – Barrow In Furness, UK @ Barrow Library (with Cristobal And The Sea)
09/06 – London, UK @ Heaven (with Cristobal And The Sea)
09/08 – Lulworth, UK @ Bestival
09/09 – Paris, FRA @ La Grande Halle De La Villete
09/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
09/17 – Mill Valley, CA @ Sweetwater Music Hall
09/20 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge
09/21 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
09/22 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
09/23 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
09/24 – Bend, OR @ The Domino Room
09/26 – Jackson, WY @ Pink Garter Theatre
09/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
09/28 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
09/29 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
09/30 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live
10/04 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
10/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom w/ Turkuaz
10/18 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat (http://ticketf.ly/2vDIaa5)
10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl (http://ticketf.ly/2gmkzIY)
10/20 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
10/21 – Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at Outer Space (http://ticketf.ly/2wPP0OD)
10/22 – Portland, ME @ SPACE
10/24 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB (http://bit.ly/2xwtETo)
10/25 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison (http://ticketf.ly/2xuLVAx)
10/26 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (http://bit.ly/2xHH8v6)
10/27 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
10/28 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
10/29 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency (http://bit.ly/2gjZezA)
11/01 – Detroit, MI @ El Club (http://ticketf.ly/2gnhc4j)
11/02 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop (http://ticketf.ly/2wlsied)
11/03 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement (http://bit.ly/2vIf7Sr)
11/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy (http://bit.ly/SinkanePGH17)
11/16 – Cambridge, MA @ Sonia’s Nightclub (http://bit.ly/2xvghmL)
11/17 – Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot (http://bit.ly/2wRnPTG)
11/18 – Greenfield, MA @ Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center – The Ballroom (http://bit.ly/2vtjBRG)
12/15 – Karmakol, SU @ Open Sudan Festival