In the current world of extremes, Sinkane, born Ahmed Gallab, steps onto stage to calm your senses, engage in the now, and brighten the darkest of days. Step back to understand his roots and what they have grown to become, as its quite the underground ear opener. Sinkane, also the name of his six-piece band, will headline 89.1 FM Jackson Hole Community Radio’s Summer Membership Drive Party this Tuesday.
Sinkane was born in London, raised in Sudan, and currently a Brooklyn resident of over eight years. He's well-versed on all of his band’s instruments—guitar, bass, drums, keys—and has an understated, angelic voice that can float overtop the meanest of funk and R&B grooves, or swing into falsetto mode for a range that is at once airy, patient and infectious. Gallab gives praise to vocalists Eddie Kendricks, Bill Withers, Betty Carter, and Justin Timberlake as influencing this style. His lyrics are social conscious and the music is a refreshing, head-bobbing mash of Sudanese pop and afro-rock with elements of Stax-era soul.
“It has all shaped my identity,” said Gallab, the son of college professors. His grandfather would sing spirituals in the house while hosting Sufi gatherings. “I was molded by all of those experiences. I feel like