Sudan

Journalist and TV reporter Nadeen Allauddin introduces us to the delicate music that emerges from the cultural and religious crossroads that is Sudan, located at the heart of Africa and divided into two parts by the flow of the sacred Nile river. Like the streams that feed the Nile river, the Sudanese music is enriched by Eastern and Western influences creating soundscapes where the folklore music from the nomad tribes, the traditional song, the Sufi music, the reggae genre or pop and rap contemporary rhythms coexist. In Khartoum, where the White and Blue Nile junction is located, we will discover how different music expressions live together in the same environment.

-Abdel Gadir Salim: Coming from the Nuba Mountains, Salim is considered one of the most prestigious singers in Sudan. The germ of his compositions is at the traditional rhythms played at weddings and popular dances there in Sudan combined with other elements present in the Egyptian music or in the ethnic tribes folklore. He has toured all around the world and his lyrics are a good source of information about the Sudanese culture.

-Lisa Shaker: Her soft and kind voice fuses with pop melodies that this young artist performs with her guitar. Her serene and harmonic chords, where Eastern and Western sounds, old and modern, are combined accompany her lyrics which dream of a better world. She is the author of part of these lyrics. Others come from local and foreign artists.

- Alsahwa Band: This Sufi music band updates the religious songs that pray for the Islamic spiritualism and the purification of the soul with the introduction of modern instruments in their compositions, even though the most important element is always the voice. Their repertoire is full of ceremonious melodies, Islamic and national songs that bring us to the faith-mysticism.

-Sharhabeel Ahmed: He has updated the Sudanese music. Ahmed was the first musician in Sudan who dared to play the electric guitar and he’s claimed at present as the King of the Sudanese jazz. His velvety voice is very distinctive and he is acknowledged by audiences all over the world. His music repertoire includes a wide variety of arias, ballads, traditional songs and music genres such as jazz or reggae.

-Mohamed Al Khatim: He studied music in the Khartoum French Cultural Center, where he wrote his first compositions and lyrics, that he eventually would accompany with different instruments such as the guitar, the drums and the piano. He´s been seduced by the Spanish, Arab and reggae music, has taken part in very popular bands in Sudan and plays very often in music festivals.


- Nancy Ajaj: This singer and composer belongs to a new generation of young female artists and has become an important figure in the Sudanese music scene. Her colorful and happy melodies and fresh rhythms, influenced by the Indian, Arab and Western music, as well as her sweeping voice, have conquered audiences from all ages.

- Ahmed Al lord: Even though his education has nothing to do with music since he studied Bussiness Administration at the University of Khartoum, during there days he wrote songs and composed melodies with his guitar that he eventually would play in different events. His music belongs to the folk genre and the lyrics of this young songwriter emerge spontaneously as the way he has to express himself in this world.

-Mojo Mustapha: This young although charismatic Sudanese rap band is one of today’s hottest music events in the country. Their rhythmic recitation, their play on words in their lyrics and their use of a specific language of music rhymes mold the soul and rhythm and blues sounds of their compositions with which they try to break the music borders and reach international audiences.

- Ahmed Al Bana: He started his music career in the year 2000, when he started to experiment with different sounds and create his own compositions. His music and lyrics, sung in an Arab dialect, are influenced by the music from the Emirates, where he was born, and by the Sudanese music that attracted him when he moved to this country.

-Al Balabel: Born at the Nubian Desert, these three sisters were pioneers in the seventies when they formed one of the first bands made up exclusively of females in Sudan, encouraging other female singers to start their own careers. This trio took “The nightingales” as a name and recovered popular songs that were orally passed on from generation to generation, most of them connected to rituals and hundred-year-old ceremonies from the old Nubian civilization.

 

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