Born in Khartoum, Alsarah is a Sudanese born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist. At the age of eight, she relocated to Taez, Yemen then moved to the US in 1994, when a brief civil war broke out in Yemen. Alsarah started her musical training at the age of 12. After attending The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School in Hadley, Massachusetts, she spent four years at Wesleyan University, studying music with a concentration in ethnomusicology. Today, Alsarah resides in Brooklyn, New York. She is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African retro-pop. Working on various projects, she most recently has been working with The Nile Project and was featured on their debut release, Aswan (named one of the top five must hear international albums of 2013 by NPR). She has also collaborated with French producer Débruit on the album Aljwal, released November 2013 via Soundway Records. She released her debut album with her band, Alsarah & the Nubatones, in the spring of 2014.
Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog (http://oladiab.com/2011/05/28/sudanese-who-made-it-big/) who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉