The style of Sinkane’s music sounds like it is forged from the embers of artists such as Fela Kuti and K’Naan. There is a very traditional African funkiness to this song’s sound. The music and instrumentation has some traces of Afrobeat, which is the Fela factor. Vocally and lyrically, it is very reminiscent of a more Eastern African vibe, much like K’Naan’s acclaimed album, Troubadour. As deep-rooted as his sound is, it is also very much a melting pot of influences.
The eastern African connection is definitely evident as Sinkane, born Ahmed Gallab, is Sudanese but grew up in London before moving to the United States. He’s able to effectively allow his authentic music and style to come through while being able to relate on a global level. He truly has an internationally appealing quality to his music, specifically this song.