With roots in the rich musical history of North America as well as Africa, Sinkane provide a new perspective on what Soul Music is, and what it can be. Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, stylistically nostalgic and ultramodern at the same time. From Gallab’s childhood in Sudan there is a Pan-African influence of popular Sudanese music and haqibah, as well as distinct horn and synth arrangements more common to East Africa.

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Mean Love by Sinkane
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7/10 Penrith Steve 30th March 2015

Somehow Sinkane completely passed me by until his fifth album, "Mean Love". I am still unaware of the four previous record and I know very little about him. This album blends the soul and funk of the '70s with African rhythms, a smidge of reggae and traditional rock music to make, in the most part a quite original album. Opener "How We Be" is the star of the show and probably upgrades this album a bit terms of out-of-ten scores. It has a blissful melody floating over a cool bass groove. "Yacha" has a cool '70 funk vibe about it with the intro played on a clavinet and Sinkane's Smoky Robinson-smooth voice. It gets a bit stodgy in the middle with tracks like "Young Trouble" and "Moonstruck" that I don't particularly care for. "Galley Boys" stretches his use of genres a little further with a pedal steel adding a county vibe to an already full palette.



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