She is a Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter who is slated to perform with us next April, and she’s in the running to become the All Africa Music Award’s “Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa”.
You can vote for Alsarah – a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist, and a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African retro-pop – until November 5th by clicking here.
Born in the capital city of Khartoum, Alsarah relocated to Taez, Yemen, at age 8 with her family to escape the stifling regime in her native country. She abruptly moved to the United States in 1994 when a brief civil war broke out in Yemen.
Alsarah began her musical training at 12 years old. After attending The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, in Hadley, MA, she spent four years at Wesleyan University studying Music with a concentration in Ethnomusicology.
She most recently has been working with The Nile Project and was featured on their debut release, Aswan (named 1 of the top 5 must hear International albums of 2013 by NPR), and collaborated with French producer Débruit on the album Aljwal, which was released this past November via Soundway Records.