With an expansive catalog of music where no two songs sound the same, Brittney Parks, AKA Sudan Archives, has built a space of her own to explore and create without inhibition. Her latest release, “Selfish Soul,” is a joyful celebration of women, diversity and hair. She notes that the song is meant to celebrate the uniqueness of all hair types regardless of color or texture.
Sudan Archives’ music video for the single further celebrates the breadth of beauty that represents womanhood and features Parks playing her violin, dancing and playing in the mud with a group of women.
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Parks is self-taught on the violin and draws inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers as well as various musical genres. Elements of R&B, Soul, electronic music, hip hop and more can be found in her songs, woven together with with tight precision with the help of her strong lyrics and lush vocals.
Sudan Archives prior single “Home Maker” is a slightly more eclectic tune in its rhythm and overall style. Less hyped and with a balanced energy, it’s a smooth, soulful tune with shimmering instrumentals and a steady, rhythmic beat that ensnares you in its supple groove.
On the heels of her two new singles, Sudan Archives has announced her upcoming Homecoming Tour, her most expansive headlining North American venture to date. Tour dates this fall include five stops in California, including: September 24 in Solana Beach at the Belly Up Tavern; September 25 in Santa Barbara at Soho Music Club; September 26 in Sacramento at Harlow’s; September 27 in San Francisco at The Independent; and October 21 in Los Angeles at the Lodge Room.
Cultivating a fun, upbeat and unique sound, violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives makes music that feeds both the hungry soul and those who love to have fun. With a collision of genres that come back together to form something all its own, Sudan Archives’ music thrives on a constantly evolving sound that starts with her inventive violin playing and expands to encompass much more.
Words: Patti Sanchez
For more on Sudan Archives, make sure to visit her website and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
Homecoming Tour North American Dates:
Sept 24 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
Sept 25 – Santa Barbara, CA – Soho Music Club
Sept 26 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
Sept 27 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Sept 30 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune
Oct 1 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Oct 4 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line
Oct 5 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln HallOct 8 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson
Oct 10 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Oct 11 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
Oct 14 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Oct 17 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Oct 18 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Oct 19 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East
Oct 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room
Previously announced Sudan Archives Tour Dates:
Jun 25 – Calgary, AB – Sled Island Festival
Jul 7-10 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
Jul 8 – Montreal, QC – Montréal Jazz Festival
Jul 22-24 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
Jul 29-31 – Denver, CO – Underground Music Showcase
Jul 30 – Omaha, NE – Maha Festival
Aug 19-21 – Hamburg, DE – MS Dockville Festival
Aug 23 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
Aug 25 – London, UK – All Points East
Aug 26 – Stockholm, SE – Popaganda Festival
Aug 26-28 – Darmstadt, DE – Golden Leaves Festival
Aug 28 – Edinburgh, UK – Connect Festival
Aug 30 – Brighton, UK – Patterns
Sep 1-4 – Salisbury, UK – End of the Road Festival
Sep 3 – Bristol, UK – FORWARDS Festival