Written By: Sean Bardoo
Sinkane’s latest Album was released on February 10, 2017, and named LIFE & LIVIN’ IT. This Album is made up of nine (9) well-done catchy-groovy Tracks. It’s hard to get more psychedelic, musically intoxicated or, funkadelic, than creative Sinkane. From the moment his infectious musical lyrics or instruments starts playing words are impossible to describe the soulfulness, and musical high that takes over your entire being. You are transported to an outer body experience as the listener is lifted from this Earth and transported to an entirely different planet.
His music tells the real deal from the economic, political and cultural oppression that most immigrants have originated from. As this Artist has remained true; not forgotten his origins, openly embraced his African heritage, and not abandoned cultural roots but instead has come up with a way to incorporate his background, past, and present with a twist of savory western influences. Sinkane is a musician of Sudanese heritage born in London. He is also the Band Leader and Music Director of the Atomic Bomb, which plays the music of Nigerian Electro-Funk Legend William Onyeabor.
Sinkane’s musical style is a fusion of free jazz, afro-funk, rock with Sudanese pop, and soulful grooves from sub-Saharan Africa. He presently resides in Brooklyn, New York within the United States. New York City is the melting pot full of everything made up from; different foods, faces of the world, language, and music. Therefore it’s no surprise that he call’s this place home and part of this diverse metropolitan community. As Brooklyn, New York truly reflects his musical style and flair as it’s a mecca of everything fused together from all over the place just like his music.
No doubt his unique voice and instrumental flavor is what makes the entire Album so attractive. As he creates intense grooves that echoes from his strong guitar riffs and bass lines. I would say that some of Sinkane’s fusion in this Album does remind me of musical influences from iconic musicians like Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock.
This Album is full of great Tracks that will put some energy and spirit back in your soul after a bad day. These are my two (2) favorite tracks you want to hear at the end of a bad night when you’re home having that restless mood before bed.
TRACK #5 TELEPHONE
“Telephone” is really honest and makes us reflect internally every time the telephone rings and someone calls us. The lyrics now lets me really wonder why someone calls. This Track is so refreshing, hypnotic and uplifting with the electro-beats, & groves that makes you want to get up and dance. As it sends a powerful message that now, more than ever, we need our solitude. Because being alone gives us the power to regulate and adjust our lives. It can teach us fortitude and the ability to satisfy our own needs. A restorer of energy, the stillness of alone experiences provides us with much-needed rest. It brings forth our longing to explore, our curiosity about the unknown, our will to be an individual, our hopes for freedom. Alone time is fuel for life that makes us call upon others via the telephone when we are in need for some self-gratification. The song repeatedly reminds us that we are reaching out and calling because we must be alone.
TRACK # 7 THEME FROM LIFE & LIVIN’ IT
The Track starts off nicely with a relaxing beat of calm tones of just instrumental music beats. Then goes into actual lyrics that sings of many different areas of life. Such as implying that we are all equal and have human rights as beings. It further suggest that “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Like Mark Twain so nicely said. This song lets us see just how original Sinkane really is as his voice changes to a simple clear relaxing feel that’s so therapeutic and effortlessly soothing.
I highly recommend this Album. It is appropriate for all ages and those that want the feel of modern music with a fresh twist on Afro-Funk, Afro-Rock, Jazz and modern African soulful beats. All of the Tracks are so well done it’s really difficult not to love the entire Album.