Sinkane announces new album ‘Dépaysé’

February 27, 2019

Sinkane is an artist with a real stake in our current cultural and political climate. Born in London to Sudanese parents, raised in Ohio, and now calling New York City home, the former skate punk turned afro funk whiz Ahmed Gallab refines his sound and message to peak form on his seventh studio album, Dépaysé, set for release on May 31st, 2019 via City Slang. Dépaysé -- French for “to be removed from one’s habitual surroundings” -- is today introduced with a video for anthemic first single "Everybody," directed by Bruno Ferreira.

Filmed at Brazil’s world renowned samba school in Rio de Janeiro, Escola de Samba Paraíso do Tuiuti, the new video stars its local performers and is a testimony to the power of passion and dancing to overcome repression. Gallab says "Everybody" is “dedicated to the brave men, women and children fighting against oppression in places like Brazil, Sudan, and all over the world #تسقط_بس”

‘Dépaysé’ will be released on May 31st on City Slang. Pre-order links can be found here:

"This film is incredibly emotional and personal to me,” says director Ferreira of the “Everybody” video. “The people I met during filming taught me to smile and dance, even in the midst of a daily life oppressed and undignified by politics and those who consider themselves superior. They are tired of fighting, and yet they fight every day. They are the heroes of the film. They are the heroes of life.”

“Sinkane is an American band comprised of people from all over the world,” says Gallab in his bio letter for Dépaysé, abbreviated below and available to read in full HERE. “Our collective experience as children of the diaspora helped bring the music to life in the most honest way possible.” He adds, “Dépaysé is the story of an immigrant’s journey of self-discovery in the Trump era. The music is loud and raw, and it's bursting with an energy unlike anything I’ve ever done before.” The band -- featuring Gallab, Elenna Canlas (keys and vocals), Jonny Lam (guitar), Ish Montgomery (bass), and Chris St Hilaire (drums) -- today also announced headline U.S. tour dates that include Brooklyn’s Elsewhere The Hall on June 14th, Chicago’s Chop Shop on June 21st, and L.A.’s Bootleg Theatre on June 29th. A full itinerary is listed below.

Dépaysé is the follow-up to Sinkane's acclaimed 2017 album Life & Livin' It, which earned the band their national TV debut on Conan, an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, and worldwide acclaim from outlets, including Pitchfork, The Guardian, New York Magazine Vulture, The FADER, Vice, ELLE Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Magnet, The Washington Post, and more.