Soukura is one of the tracks from Silt, the latest album from Alsarah and the Nubatones. The new album was produced by Brooklyn-based record label Wonderwheel Recordings and is described by band members as ‘East African Retro Pop’.
Sudanese born Alsarah was recently pegged by the Guardian newspaper as ‘The New Star of Nubian Pop‘ and has built a reputation for her use of vintage middle eastern and and North African influences in her music.
The album has it’s musical roots in the Nubian “Songs of Return” that began to spring up after mass displacement and resettlement of hundreds of thousands in a region of lower Nubia that went under water after Egypt built Aswan High Dam to control the flooding of the Nile in 1970. The focus of these songs, both thematically and lyrically is about a return to home and the beauty of home and embodies a certain kind of saudade – a nostalgic longing for a place that no longer exists. The album encompasses Alsarah and her band’s musical curiosities in the concept of migration and Silt is their take on this mixed with the musical fusion happening in 1970s Khartoum, along with Arabic and North African influences appearing in the mix.
The song and the album is available to buy online at Wonderwheelrecordings.bandcamp.com