Show: With No BS Brass Band on Saturday at the Black Cat. Doors open at 8 p.m. 202-667-4490. blackcatdc.com. $16 in advance, $18 at the door.
Born in London and raised on the music of Bob Marley and Parliament, Sudanese musician Ahmed Gallab, who records under the moniker Sinkane, writes songs that groove and provoke thought in equal measure. He delivers them through pipes that are equal parts smooth and powerful, often creeping into falsetto.
His latest album, “Life and Livin’ It,” brims with musical and lyrical vitality. The funky brass of Afrobeat group Antibalas (modeled after Fela Kuti’s joyfully complex Africa 70 band) can be heard throughout and imbues Gallab’s compositions with an emotional lift that drives the album. On the opening track, “Deadweight,” he croons, “Sometimes I feel I’m not my body/ I’m just the thoughts that cloud my head.” Like in Marley’s music, there’s a deviance that propels the music’s feel-good vibe, which comes to a head in the rousing “The Way.” Others such as “Won’t Follow” echo a quieter rebellion.
When he takes the stage at Black Cat, expect extended solos that bring another dimension to these well-crafted songs.