Sinkane is the alias of Ahmed Gallab, a Sudanese-American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist whose eclectic, percussion-heavy style of music draws from a wide range of influences including free jazz, Afrobeat, pop, reggae, and shoegaze. With albums like 2014's Mean Love and 2017's vibrant Life & Livin' It, he continued to refine his distinctive sound and earn a more widespread audience.
Born in London, Gallab also lived in Sudan for several years before he and his family moved to the United States. He made his debut in May 2008 on Emergency Umbrella Records with the EP Color Voice; the same year, he toured as the drummer of Caribou and Of Montreal. A self-titled album was released in May 2009. He later signed to DFA — an ideal home for his trippy hybrid sound — and released a second album, Mars, in November 2012, following it up with the eclectic Mean Love in 2014. That same year, Gallab formed the Atomic Bomb! Band, a world music supergroup dedicated to playing the songs of Nigerian funk master William Onyeabor.
Returning to work as Sinkane, he entered the Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso in 2016 to record his fifth album. The resulting Life & Livin' It, which drew inspiration from life's joys and struggles, appeared at the beginning of 2017, this time via Berlin's City Slang label. He returned in 2019 with the full-length Dépaysé, a collection that explored themes of displacement, immigration, and self-discovery. ~ Jason Birchmeier