Thursday, 10. August 2017, New York, Summer Thursdays: Alsarah and the Nubatones

from 10. August 2017 - 18:30 till 21:00
New York
United StatesNew York11 W 53rd St10019
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115 people attending
Event description
Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist, born to human-rights-activist parents in Khartoum, Sudan. The family resettled first in Yemen and, when civil war broke out there, in Massachusetts, where she and her sister Nahid began their musical training. The Nubatones emerged from a common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds in Sudanese and Nubian music and the shared migration experiences of the musicians, who include the Egyptian-American Rami El Aasser, the Togo-born, French-raised bassist Mawuena Kodjovi, and the Midwestern oud player Brandon Terzic. The Brooklyn-based group’s sound soon grew into a style Alsarah dubbed “East African retro-pop.” Since its first show in October 2011, the group has performed nationally and internationally at many prestigious festivals and venues. March 2014 saw the release of the Nubatones’ debut album, Silt, and in 2016 they released their second album, Manara (Wonderwheel Recordings). With audiences of nearly every age and ethnicity, the Nubatones have proven over and over that soul crosses all cultural and linguistic barriers.
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● Set begins at 6:30 p.m.
● Free with Museum admission.
● Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1.
● Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Organized in collaboration with PopRally and on the occasion of the digital exhibition "Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Culture," the musical component of Summer Thursdays 2017 is presented in conjunction with "Citizens and Borders," a series of projects at MoMA related to works in the collection that offer critical perspectives on histories of migration, territory, and displacement.
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The Garden Bar offers drinks and snacks at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden. The menu of homemade snacks includes specialty hot dogs, soft pretzels, and baguette sandwiches, along with a selection of wines, craft-beers, and cocktails. In the event of rain, bar will be closed. The new Espresso bar on Floor 2 will serve also serve wine.
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[Alsarah. Photo: Atong Atem]
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