International grooves at Mass MoCA: Alsarah and the Nubatones

Posted on November 1, 2012 by Katy Brown-Solsky

On November 10, take a sonic journey at Mass MoCA. Because the Berkshires are more than just spectacular views…

Alsarah and the Nubatones bring their brand of Nubian (North Sudanese) music to the Berkshires. Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. She spent1HELOmarquand2ab 483x300 the first 8 years of her life in Sudan, but was forced to move to Yemen to escape the difficult political climate of their country. Unfortunately they were later uprooted from this new home, by yet more political unrest. This was 1994, and they came to settle in the United States. Alsarah started her musical training at the age of 12. She attended the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, in Hadley, MA, and Wesleyan University studying Music.

Her music is eclectic, like her collection of many different home countries. You can get a taste of it here or at her website. Mass MoCA says “They blend a selection of Nubian ’songs of return’ from the 1970s to today with original, Western soul-inspired material and vintage Sudanese pop".

Tickets are $12 in advance or $16 day of, $10 for students – and members get a 10% discount (perhaps regular Berkshires visitors should consider a membership?).

Topics: Historical Sites & Museums, Music & Theater, Local Events/Places/Offers

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