Ready to party? Because Saturday (June 3rd) marks the return of Field Day in Victoria Park. And if that isn’t enough to get your body moving then it’s a good thing that our London in Stereo x Moth Club stage includes the infectious positive vibes of Sinkane.

The explosive band is led by London-born Ahmed Gallab. He cut his teeth as the band leader and music director of the 15-strong Atomic Bomb! Band. Dedicated to playing the music of the late Nigerian electro-funk maestro William Onyeabor, it means that Ahmed has performed alongside Damon Albarn, Money Mark, David Byrne and Pharoah Sanders, among others.

Sinkane released their sixth album – Life & Livin’ It – earlier this year on City Slang. And according to Ahmed, it’s all about: “Celebrating what makes life good without ignoring what makes it hard – and album full of slinky funk and soul grooves with sparkling melodies rooted in sub-Saharan Africa.”

But while his music is hard to suppress, it is Sinkane’s live show that has turned heads. Backed by a tight band of Ish Montgomery (bass), Jason Trammell (drums), Jonny Lam (guitar), Amanda Khiri (vocals) and Elenna Canlas (keys and vocals), they can turn any gig into a party thanks to his soulful vocals and penchant for killer tunes.

Most importantly, get your dancing shoes on. But before we get lost in the groove we caught up with Ahmed to ask him the burning questions about being a door-to-door salesman and his dreams of performing in North Korea.

If I had to describe my music in 3 words, I’d use…
Feel good music

My favourite film ever is…
Wet Hot American Summer

The most famous person I’ve met is…
Too many to count: Usher, David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Jesus…

The song I hate the most is…
I don’t hate songs!

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Selling kitchen knives to my friend’s parents.

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
I was in a tribute band. It’s called The Atomic Bomb! Band and we pay tribute to the late Nigerian musician William Onyeabor.

My favourite word is…
Funky-junky. Is that one word?

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
Telepathy

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
North Korea

I think you should listen to…
Your parents. They have some good points, you know.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Can or Faust in the Seventies. Or The Funkees, Hygrades, Cymande in the Seventies. Or Queen. Or The Wailers right before Catch A Fire was released. Or Parliament and Funkadelic. Or Pharaoh Sanders in the early Seventies. Miles Davis’ Isle of Wight performance in 1970.

Field Day returns to Victoria Park on Saturday June 3rd