Africa & Middle East
Alsarah & The Nubatones
Manara (Wonderwheel Recordings)
The Sudanese singer Alsarah was forced into exile with her family as a child and, after taking a degree in ethnomusicology, formed the Nubatones in New York in 2010. Their second album presents a mesmerising blend of ancient tradition and East African retro-pop, delivered with a powerful political message and the sheen of cutting-edge production techniques. A Top of the World in #123.