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Sudan Archives

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Sudan Archives
Sudan Archives performing at the Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho in 2019.
Sudan Archives performing at the Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho in 2019.
Background information
Birth nameBrittney Denise Parks[1]
BornCincinnati, Ohio, U.S.[2]
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Violinist
  • singer
LabelsStones Throw

Brittney Denise Parks, better known by her stage name Sudan Archives, is an American violinist and singer based in Los Angeles, California.[4] She is signed to Stones Throw Records.[5]

Early life

Sudan Archives was born Brittney Denise Parks,[1] and she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio.[6] She began playing violin in the 4th grade.[7] When she was a teenager, she was kicked out of her house, which prompted her to move to Los Angeles.[8] She studied ethnomusicology at Pasadena City College.[8]


Sudan Archives' debut EP, Sudan Archives, was released in 2017,[9] and she followed it with the Sink EP in 2018.[10] Her debut studio album, Athena, came out in 2019.[11]

Musical style and influences

Sudan Archives has taken inspiration from a variety of African musicians, including Cameroonian electronic musician Francis Bebey and Sudanese violinist Asim Gorashi.[12] She is also inspired by Irish music. When performing, Sudan Archives sometimes uses electronic effects pedals and electronic beats, and has also performed in a string quartet.[13]


Studio albums


  • Sudan Archives (2017)
  • Sink (2018)


  • "Water" (2017)
  • "Confessions" (2019)
  • "Confessions (Velvet Negroni Remix)" (2020)


  1. ^ a b Byrne, Niall (January 27, 2018). "New Artist of the Week: Sudan Archives". The Irish Times. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Hahn, Rachel (July 29, 2017). "Meet Sudan Archives, the Soulful Fiddler Paying Tribute to West African Folk Music and Styles". Vogue. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Nechamkin, Sarah (March 12, 2019). "Meet Sudan Archives, the Electro-R&B Violinist Who's Mesmerized By Jellyfish". Interview. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Thompson, Stephen (March 1, 2018). "The Austin 100: Sudan Archives". NPR. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Lobenfeld, Claire (July 12, 2017). "Sudan Archives is the experimental violinist channeling '90s R&B and Afrobeat for Stones Throw". Fact. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Edwards, Simon (October 22, 2019). "On the Rise: Sudan Archives". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  7. ^ Gutierrez, Juan (March 11, 2020). "On the "Athena" Tour with Sudan Archives". Flood. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Sundaresan, Mano (November 8, 2019). "'I'm Different, But I'm From Here': Sudan Archives Reaches The End Of Her Beginning". NPR. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  9. ^ Lobenfeld, Claire (July 14, 2017). "Sudan Archives releases self-titled debut EP for Stones Throw – watch 'Come Meh Way' video now". Fact. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Madden, Sidney (May 21, 2018). "'Sink' Into Sudan Archives' Soulful, Unconventional Music". NPR. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Yoo, Noah; Monroe, Jazz (September 5, 2019). "Sudan Archives Announces New Album Athena". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  12. ^ Farrell, Margaret (November 1, 2019). "The Story Behind Every Song On Sudan Archives' New Album Athena". Stereogum. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  13. ^ Boilen, Bob (2020-06-22). "Sudan Archives: Tiny Desk Concert". NPR. Retrieved 2020-06-23.

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