Review :: Sinkane (Sydney Festival)

January 29th 2014

This is just the kind of business that will have you finding Sinkane’s songs as soon as you get home, then playing them on repeat until you pass out from dancing.


Photo by Phillip Di Fiore

Walking into Hyde Park’s dark and sexy Spiegeltent on a rainy evening I did not expect to see a wide brimmed hat on stage and vigorous frolicking emerge from the audience but that is exactly what I was met with. Once the infectious beats began there was no keeping people in their seats and what I’m sure would have been a packed seating area was deserted so everybody could groove up a storm around the sides of the tent.

Sinkane blew the minds of all those in the Spiegeltent, their songs were as loose as the genre and the joints of those hearing them.


The crowd didn’t even make an effort at containing their enthusiasm for the rock/jazz/reggae sounds framed with pop sensibilities and they were met with the same energy level from those on stage.

The main face of Sinkane, Ahmed Gallab has a fascinating life story. His parents were academics who left Sudan when he was a child and travelled the United States. Gallab has worked with Yeasayer, Of Montreal and Caribou. While you can recognise the varied origins of his sound, the banter was at a minimum so the audience could just experience his craft. Recommended highly to all those who enjoy a great and riveting performance.


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