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Arts & Context: A Conversation with Alsarah and Saba Taj

February 28th, 2018
6:00 PM


Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6 pm - 7:15 pm

Beyù Caffè
341 W Main St, Durham
Free and open to the public

In this evening talk at Beyù Caffè in downtown Durham, Sudanese-born singer Alsarah discusses her artistic process and journey, which began as a double refugee — first from conflict in Sudan, then from civil war in neighboring Yemen. Moderated by Durham-based artist and activist Saba Taj.

Alsarah’s residency at Duke will culminate in a performance with her band, Alsarah & The Nubatones, when she brings her infectious brand of "East-African retro pop" to Motorco Music Hall on the evening of Thursday, March 1. Tickets and info are available here:

Alsarah & The Nubatones' residency at Duke Performances is funded in part by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and co-sponsored by the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, and the Duke Africa Initiative. This conversation is co-sponsored by Duke Performances, the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, and Be Connected, hosted by Beyù Caffè.


Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the USA, finally feeling most at home in Brooklyn, NY, where she has been residing since 2004. She is ...

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Saba Taj

Durham Artists Movement

Saba Taj is an interdisciplinary visual artist based in Durham, NC. Heavily inspired by Islamic stories and speculative fiction, Taj combines cultural and religious references to explore themes of hybridity and apocalypse. She is a 2011 graduate of North Carolina Central University and earned an ...

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