SINKANE & MIDNIGHT MAGIC AT BOWERY BALLROOM

SINKANE & MIDNIGHT MAGIC AT BOWERY BALLROOM

Photos and Review by Raymond Aponte

Ok. Gotta be honest on this one. I didn’t know anything about these two bands and I have to say I was surprised and ultimately extremely entertained and finally quite happy that I got the invite (quite out of the blue) and have become a fan of Midnight Magic and Sinkane.
Headlining the evening at Bowery Ballroom was Sinkane. This band, headed by Ahmed Gallab, with its roots in prog rock, electronica, free jazz, and funk rock with Sudanese pop, brought a sound and rhythm to the ballroom that gave you the feeling that you were part of a movement for humanity in particular the sounds of a black liberation. The music was energizing and inspirational in its message of positivity and community and solidarity. The singles “We Belong” and “Come Together” from his newly released album W”E BELONG” si what he describes as a love letter to Black music, culture and people. The music glides across multi genres like reggae, disco, Afrobeats, house, soul and funk and even a splash of Gospel as was demonstrated when TruOsborne came on stage to sing “Everything Is Everything”. Sinkane’s ensemble included the voices of Ifedayo Gatling, Jessica Harp, TruOsborne, and STOUT. Rounding out the sound of Sinkane, was Ronald Lanzilotta on bass, Patrick Carr on keys, David Palazola on drums, and Elijah Rawk on guitar. This band with its positive vibe and hopeful and insightful tunes, brings a certain comfort in knowing that if we believe that the world can be better and more accepting, then that could very well come to pass.
The opening act this nite was Midnight Magic and they came to deliver what is best described as “Cosmic Disco” reimagined. The sound that this ensemble puts out definitely puts the crowd attending at one with the music. This energized group has the power to move the audience in a big way and everyone is moving to the groove that’s being generated. The band led by the vocals of Tiffany Roth, and Mayteana Morales on percussion and backup vocals, W. Andrew Raposo on bass, Caito Sanchez on drums, Carter Yasutake on keyboards and trumpet, Nick Roseboro on trumpet, Dave Smoota on trombone, and guest guitarist Pinky Griptite rounded out the sound that brought back memories of famous disco groups of back ni the day but with an updated twist that left everyone attending feeling the “disco” energy well after the last note was played. Their songs like “Beam Me Up”, D’ rop Me ALine”, “Electric Shock” and I”Gotta Feeling”, had everyone wanting to party the nite away and then some.
This band is a definite nighttime party favorite if ever there was one.