Sudan Archives’ Organic Sonics Mesmerize Stones Throw’s Superfest REVIEW+PHOTOS: Sudan Archives @ Stones Throw Superfest 11/5/16
LOS ANGELES, CA- Another artist whose performance time was waaaay too short was Sudan Archives.
Sudan Archives’ music and beauty was organically mesmerizing. Armed with a violin and backed by a very capable string ensemble, her performance was the perfect soundtrack to a lazy, sunny weekend afternoon. Her music is hard to define, but it’s an eclectic blend of uncommon musical stylings that really forces you to open your mind and acknowledge that she seems to be breaking into new musical territory rooted in her personal, ethnic traditions. The music I found online after the fact leans a little more electronic that what I experienced her perform at Superfest, but it still has those earthy, natural tones that she perfectly exuded on stage that afternoon. A fantastic representation of what I experienced that day can be seen/heard in this recent video she released covering Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta”:
I received a message from one of her players after posting an image of her on my Instagram account, asking if I had any photos from the performance which contained everybody on stage. As I looked through my photos, I realized that I failed to properly do so. Apparently, I spent virtually all of my time behind the camera focused on Sudan Archives, but can you blame me? Like her music, her stage aura is so very inviting, and her big, beautiful hair could have easily been the subject of its own photo pictorial.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) November 5, 2016