Concert is free with museum admission

Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum welcome Alsarah and the Nubatones, performing in the Noguchi Museum’s outdoor sculpture garden. Banded together with stories of movement and migration in the face of the current anti-immigrant global atmosphere, Brooklyn-based quintet Alsarah and the Nubatones take audiences on a musical journey through diaspora and migration from an urban perspective.

Their self-coined “East African Retropop” sound combines original material with traditional music of central Sudan with inspiration from a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Their latest album Manara asks the questions “What is home?” and “What does it sound like?” As Alsarah explains, “Sometimes we leave home willingly, sometimes we are forced out, sometimes we plan to go back, and sometimes we don’t know if we will ever see our loved ones again. But one thing we always know is that we don’t want to forget, or be forgotten. As the sea takes us, Manara is the lighthouse anchoring our journey, and the keeper of our secrets. Not a destination, but rather a marker along the way.”

In case of rain, the concert will take place in the galleries.