Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab 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, he explains the sentiment behind ‘Dépaysé’:
“Dépaysé is a French word that basically means “to be removed from one’s habitual surroundings.” By extension, it means to be disoriented, homeless. That’s a feeling I relate to very much in these times — and I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. That word gave me clarity and made my journey of self discovery that much more exciting.
“The song came to me in a dream: I dreamed I was walking the streets of Omdurman at night, a city along the Nile in my native Sudan, when I heard someone playing guitar and singing in Arabic. It turned out to be my father! He was sitting cross-legged on the ground, under a streetlight in front of my childhood home. His voice sounded hypnotic, raw and powerful as he sang in Arabic: “I am your life/And all of our lives/From within the city until our uprising/Our days have left us in the city and, with our imagination, we move forward.” He sang that over and over, and I sing those same words in my song. This, along with the rest of Dépaysé, has given me peace. I am no longer afraid of the unknown. I’m no longer confused about my duality of my Sudanese and American identities. Now I accept it, and it’s made me feel new. This clarity has made me feel more connected with people than ever before. In celebrating our differences we should also understand that we all relate as human beings. I’m singing for the day we realize that we all relate.”
The single “Dépaysé” comes with a visual by Mad Alchemy Liquid Show, who will do visuals for the Sinkane band on select US live dates.
“Sinkane is an American band comprised of people from all over the world,” says Gallab in his bio letter for ‘Dépaysé’, which is available to read in full HERE. “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.”
‘Dépaysé’ is Sinkane’s seventh full-length and the follow-up to Sinkane’s acclaimed 2017 album ‘Life & Livin’ It’.The band features Gallab, Elenna Canlas (keys and vocals), Jonny Lam (guitar), Ish Montgomery (bass), and Chris St Hilaire (drums).
‘Dépaysé’ will be released on May 31st on City Slang. Pre-order links can be found here: https://www.sinkane.lnk.
Sinkane European live dates:
June 04 Zurich, CH @ Mascotte
June 06 Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
June 07 Beverungen, DE @ Orange Blossom
June 08 London, UK @ Field Day
June 09 – Paris, FR @ Vilette Sonique Festival
Sinkane North American dates:
June 12 Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
June 13 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
June 14 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
June 15 Boston, MA @ Cafe 939
June 16 Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot
June 18 Toronto, ON @ The Velvet Underground
June 19 Detroit, MI @ El Club
June 20 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
June 21 Chicago, IL @ Chop Shop
June 22 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
June 25 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
June 26 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
June 28 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
June 29 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theatre