Alsarah & The Nubatones, Salma El Assal, DJ Cecil

Fri Jan 20 2017

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Brick and Mortar Music Hall

1710 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103

$12 ADV / $15 DOS

Ages 21+

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  • Alsarah & The Nubatones

    Alsarah & The Nubatones


    Alsarah & the Nubatones were born out of many dinner conversations between Alsarah and Rami El Aasser about nubian songs of return, modern migration patterns and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. A common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds, and shared migration experiences, expanded the conversation to include Armenian  American oud player Haig Manouki-An and French born Togo raised bass player Mawuena Kodjovi. Under the leadership of Alsarah, the brooklyn based groups sound grew into what they have dubbed as East  African Retro-Pop.
    In March of 2014 the group released their debut album silt /   via wonderwheel recordings to international acclaim and great reviews, with the single soukura (its late) debuting on spin magazines blog. October of the same year saw the release of silt remixed featuring remixes by Bodhisattva, Nickodemus, Captain Planet, Chancha Via Circuito, and many others. It also went on to be selected by the prestigious fact magazine as one of the best remix albums of 2014.
    Unfortunately that year also marked the passing of founding member Haig Manoukian from this world into the next. Taking his place is the brilliant oudist, and former student of Haig, Brandon Terzic. In addition we have also grown to include the charismatic and talented vocalist Nahid as a full time member of the band now.
    Since their first show in october of 2011, the group has performed nationally and internationally at many prestigious festivals and venues. With audiences varying in age and ethnicity, the nubatones has proven over and over that soul crosses all cultural and linguistic barriers.

  • Salma El Assal

    Salma El Assal


    Originally from El Obain in western Sudan, Salma El Assal has a magnificent voice that hails the roots of Sudanese culture. With her birth name literarily meaning "Honey Sweet Salma," Salma El Assal was born to sing and spread love through her music. Her style has its own unique and authentic flavor. Some describe the sound as a blend of reggae based in African origins, and her dynamic and powerful voice has been compared by her fans to that of the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. 

    Salma started to sing when she was a little girl, and, as her talent increased and was noticed, she began to perform at weddings. As her popularity increased, she moved to Cairo, the heart of the music industry in the Middle East, where she performs widely and where she now lives during part of the year. 
    Salma's joyous and charismatic style has been welcomed with open arms as she introduced her culture to the Middle East and to the rest of the world in ways that have broken musical boundaries and shaped North African music. She has performed with numerous musicians and groups, including Sandaleya, and still loves to sing at weddings because she believes that social and popular ceremonies are the best way to keep in touch with people. She has also performed in many European cities, including Berlin and Paris. 
    While Salma El Assay has lived most of her life in Egypt, her pride and love for her culture have kept her close to her Sudanese roots. 

  • DJ Cecil

    DJ Cecil

    World Dance

    DJ Cecil’s music has delighted listeners and warmed up dance floors all over the world. Notably talented as a musician, recording engineer and producer, Cecil’s deep love for music stems from a childhood soundtrack of old jazz and gospel records, an adolescence inspired by hip hop’s golden era and the fine tunings of  studying classical piano.  

    However, his arrival to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 90’s would set the stage for something much greater; a path that would soon position him as an integral part of a burgeoning and beautiful soulful house music and dance scene. 

    His passion for music is contagious; as he cleverly fuses house with the beautiful nuances of jazz, soul, hip hop and deep world rhythms. The result is a refreshing and colorful dance floor experience, that keeps the body at attention and the heart tenderly in tune. 

    DJ Cecil is a co-founder of one of Oakland’s signature events, thePeople, which offers a monthly gathering space of music, art, style, dance and community. Now in their seventh year, thePeople’s guest roster includes Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Boddhisatva, Amp Fiddler and many more. The group’s hard work, innovation and dedication to the community has recognized by Independent Artists Week, XlR8R Magazine and S.F. Examiner. 

    In 2013, he co-founded SKIN, a collective dedicated exclusively to sharing and celebrating the music, art & traditions of the African and Latin Diasporas. Immediately met with success, SKIN has hosted Carlos Mena, Osunlade, Jose Marquez, Black Gold Dance Ensemble and many percussionists, dancers, visual artists, and DJ’s. SKIN has received accolades from several press outlets including East Bay Express, KALW, Okay Africa, Oakulture & Oakland Local and was nominated for an Oakland Indie Award in 2015. 

    Pulling from the influential rather than the derivative commercial end of the record crate, DJ Cecil continues to be guided by his genuine love of music. His work can be found on Ocha Records and United Music in addition to a wealth of underground remixes currently gracing dance floors. 

Alsarah & The Nubatones, Salma El Assal, DJ Cecil

Fri Jan 20 2017 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Brick and Mortar Music Hall San Francisco CA
Alsarah & The Nubatones, Salma El Assal, DJ Cecil
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$12 ADV / $15 DOS Ages 21+