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9:00 PM - 11:59 PM The Independent
Date: June 28, 2019 to June 28, 2019
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, California, United States, 94117
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Its easy to be angry in moments like now. And thats OK. But it takes courage to turn that anger into productive energy. The previous Sinkane album, 2017's Life and Livin' It, was released at a very crazy time: things like the Muslim ban, police shooting unarmed people of color, massive corruption in my native Sudan, fake news, Donald Trump, Brexit and so many other calamities all really forced me to think about my place in the world as a musician. I beganto think about how I could use my music in a constructive way not only to help myself but to help others who feel frustrated and powerless.Im not a newbie to hate: Im black, Muslim and even though I'm an American I'm often made to feel like a foreigner in my own country. And sometimes I dofeel like a foreigner in fact, I once made a whole album, 2012's Mars, about that feeling. Ive made a lot of music out of my life story but Ive always kept things vague enough that anyone listening to my music could relate to it on their own terms. And yet I have to admit that I never truly felt satisfied with that. I eventually realized that, in order to truly connect with other people, I first needed to connect with myself on a deeper level than before.Throughout the making of my new album I kept asking myself the same question: As an immigrant to America, where do I belong? So, during the writing process, I worked mainly by myself so that I could ensure the most honest and personal answers to that question. I read books by Joseph Campbell, the late novelist/cultural theorist Daniel Quinn, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid, and the late African-American memoirist Philippe Wamba, hoping theyd guide me to some kind of answer. Then, one day when I was wandering around the fertile desert of the internet, I stumbled upon an amazing word: dpays. Dpays is a French word that basically means to be removed from ones habitual surroundings. By extension, it means to be disoriented, homeless. That'
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