Summer may be slipping away from us here in the UK, so now may be the perfect time to watch this sublime new video from Sinkane (AKA Ahmed Gallab). 'How We Be' celebrates the urban Summer vibe in New York through a variety of dance and physical expression, all set against the blissful flute-laced soulful funk that has been getting Ahmed Gallab such high praise from the music press for his second album 'Mean Love' (out now via City Slang).
Director Nick Bentgen explains:
“I love Sinkane’s music because it’s vividly original. 'How We Be' is especially that, and I wanted to express the joy of listening to that song for the first time. Ahmed and I talked about making a dance portrait that plays around with time -- moving backwards, forwards, at high speed, in slow motion. We wanted to fill the video with all kinds of movement.
We collaborated with a high school step team, two Parkour fanatics, and a Jooker from Memphis who just moved to New York that same week. We filmed dancers from New York City Ballet, B-boys from Boston, and we even got Ahmed to perform in the video. Sinkane’s new album is so expressive and expansive, it’s near impossible for me to categorize or put into words why I like it. It’s just easier to dance to."
Sinkane first caught our attention with his seemingly effortless distillation of funk on his debut album 'MARS'. Showing himself to be something of an expert in reinterpreting Afrofunk, as well as work on his second album, Gallab also found time this year to work on a project performing and directing a special set of works by 1970s Nigerian synth pioneer William Onyeabor. The live performances of the project included, in the UK, notable contributions from Damon Albarn, Ghost Poet, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party) amongst others.
Sinkane will play a sold out Shacklewell Arms in London tonight (11 September, 2014), before embarking on a European tour, returning to the UK in December for a date at London's Oslo venue.
Sinkane European Tour dates:
11th Shacklewell Arms London, UK (SOLD OUT)
12th La Peniche Lille, FR
13th Big Next Festival - Ghent, BE
16th Iboat – Bordeaux, FR
17th Scopitone Festival - Nantes, FR
18th Palace St. Gallen, CH
20th Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg, DE
22nd Sonic Visions Festival - Luxembourg, LX
23rd Pret A Porter Festival at Karlstorbahnhof - Heidelberg, DE
24th Atomic Cafe - Munich, DE
25th Conne Island - Leipzig, DE
26th Lido - Berlin, DE
29th Week-End Festival at Stadthalle Mühlheim - Cologne, DE
1st Oslo - London, UK
Find out more at sinkane.com
Photo Credit: Erez Avissar