• Sudan Archives


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Niklas Magedanz


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LA-based singer, songwriter, producer and violinist Sudan Archives has just released her sophomore EP Sink via Stones Throw. “‘Sink’ describes the way I want my music to make you feel,” she says, “It’s inspired by my love of fluidity, movement of jellyfish and water.” The release caps off a highly active Spring that included a slew of highly buzzed performances at SXSW (yielding praise from NPR, Paste, New York Times, Chicago Tribune and more), both weekends of Coachella, a tour supporting Peanut Butter Wolf in Japan, and a show-stopping performance at FORM Arcosanti. She is currently gearing up for a run of European festivals while prepping for more soon-to-be-announced US dates.

Sudan Archives (Sudan for short) grew up in Ohio where she taught herself to play the violin in elementary school, mostly by ear. After moving to Los Angeles she began to explore her connection to Northeast Africa. Upon discovering the violin playing style of both Northeast and West African fiddlers and musicians like Asim Gorashi, Ali Farka Touré and Juldeh Camarah, her eyes opened to new ways of incorporating this instrument into her sound. “The way they played the violin was different from classical music. I resonated with their style, and I was like, maybe I can blend it with electronic music.” Sudan Archives’ Sink EP is a further distillation and exploration of this distinctive mélange of disparate influences.

Since its release last summer her debut EP earned Sudan Archives the #1 spot on the Vinyl Factory’s Favorite 12″s of 2017, designation as one of the Top Newcomers of 2018 by The Guardian, a cover story from LA Record, as well as features and accolades from FACT Mag, Pitchfork, Vogue, LA Weekly, and many more.