After the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album Manara in the fall of 2016, Alsarah & The Nubatones return with an selection of carefully curated all-star remixes off the project. Tapping friends & family worldwide, Manara Remixed brings Alsarah & The Nubatones’ signature East African Retro Pop into further explorations of deep, dubby, dancefloor and cosmic electronic sounds.
French producer and Soundway Recordings artist iZem kicks things off with a bass heavy, dancefloor murdering take on “Alforag”, while fellow Sudanese producer Oddisee takes “3yan T3ban” into beautiful, mellow hip-hop territory. Italian producer and Wonderwheel alum DJ Khalab gives “Salam Nubia” a percussion heavy reversioning with his signature driving production style, and Captain Planet turns the melancholy “Ya Watan” into an Arabic Dabke influenced stomper. House takes come from both Nickodemus & Kiko Navarro and Pablo Fierro, the former taking a Acid House meets East Africa approach on “Nar” , letting Alsarah’s vocals shine through in the latter half of the track, while Fierro delivers a pulsing, late night version of “Fulani” that would rumble both the Burning Man Playa and a Berlin warehouse equally as tough. Finally, Karthoum based rising star Sufyvn showcases his deft sample chopping skills on “Albahr”, letting the percussion, drums and oud shine through.