Mean Love, the latest from Sinkane, born Ahmed Gallab, traverses a wide musical spectrum, blending elements of Afro-pop, soul, country & western, Tropicalia and more. It's a diverse tapestry reflective of the musician's nomadic upbringing: Gallab, now in his early 30s, was born in London, emigrated to the United States in 1989 and moved every few years with his family before settling in Brooklyn in 2008 (the Ohio State grad also logged six years in Columbus prior to relocating to NYC).

Mean Love, the latest from Sinkane, born Ahmed Gallab, traverses a wide musical spectrum, blending elements of Afro-pop, soul, country & western, Tropicalia and more. It's a diverse tapestry reflective of the musician's nomadic upbringing: Gallab, now in his early 30s, was born in London, emigrated to the United States in 1989 and moved every few years with his family before settling in Brooklyn in 2008 (the Ohio State grad also logged six years in Columbus prior to relocating to NYC).

This restlessness occasionally bleeds over into the singer's words. "Where, if I should settle down, will I finally settle?" he repeats on the album closing "Omdurman," a whirling musical carousel that, like its creator, refuses to hold to one spot. Even so, Gallab has managed to hold to his roots - "I will not forget where I came from," he sings with atypical bluntness on "Son" - and in a 2014 interview he discussed how his deep connection to his Sudanese homeland (the musician's father was stationed at the Sudanese Embassy in London when he was born) has continued to inform his ever-evolving sound.

"My earliest musical memory is of one of these religious gatherings where people would congregate at our house in the Sudan … and my grandfather would recite religious stories in song," he said. "It shaped my idea of … how spirituality and music are interlocked. It gave me this incredibly tantric feeling when I was very young, and that feeling always comes back to me with music."

Steven A. Clark opens the show.

Skully's Music-Diner

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24

1151 N. High St., Short North

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