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Birth nameAhmed Abdullahi Gallab
Also known asSinkane
BornLondon, England
OriginOmdurman, Sudan, Africa
GenresRock, Soft House, reggae fusion, African
Occupation(s)Musician, music producer
InstrumentsDrums, guitar, bass, synthesizer, electronics
LabelsCity Slang, DFA, Emergency Umbrella

Sinkane (born Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab[1] c. 1983[2] in London, England) is a Sudanese-American musician who blends krautrock, prog rock, electronica, free jazz and funk rock with Sudanese pop. He is signed to City Slang Records.

Born to college professors in London, he lived in Sudan, then moved to the US when he was five, and lived for some time in Ohio. Prior to embarking on his solo career, he worked with Eleanor Friedberger, Caribou, of Montreal, Born Ruffians, and Yeasayer as a session musician.

Ahmed Gallab is the vocalist and music director of the Atomic Bomb! Band which plays the music of Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor. The group includes David Byrne (of Talking Heads), Money Mark (of the Beastie Boys),[3] Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz), Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange and Lightspeed Champion), Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip), Charles Lloyd, Amadou and Mariam, Jamie Lidell, Pharoah Sanders, Joshua Redman, among many many others.[4]

On 10 February 2017 Sinkane released their sixth album Life & Livin' It on City Slang.[5]

On 6 March 2017 Sinkane made their television network debut on Conan.[6]


  • Sinisterals (2007)
  • Color Voice (2008) (Emergency Umbrella)
  • Sinkane (2009) (Emergency Umbrella)
  • Mars (2012) (DFA, City Slang) Engineered and Mixed by Albert Di Fiore
  • Mean Love (DFA, City Slang, 2014) Engineered and Mixed by Albert Di Fiore
  • Life & Livin' It (City Slang, February 10, 2017)
  • Dépaysé (City Slang, May 31, 2019)


  1. ^ "Sinkane-Mars". DFA Records.
  2. ^ "Sudanese-American Musician Sinkane in Conversation & Performance". Democracy Now!. April 10, 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  3. ^ "The Songs of William Onyeabor, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-07.
  4. ^ Empire, Kitty (23 August 2015). "Sunn O))); Atomic Bomb! review – cacophony in the key of ))) major". Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  5. ^ Bob Boilen (November 16, 2016). "First Watch: Sinkane, 'U'Huh'". NPR. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  6. ^ "Sinkane "U'Huh" 03/06/17 - CONAN on TBS". youtube.

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