9th February 2017: Music from Sudan

Today I am going to let the music speak for itself.  These four songs are just my choice of the ones I listened to.  I could have chosen so many more.  You cannot underestimate the importance of music in people’s lives – music is a vital part of our most important moments, such as birthdays, funerals, weddings and general celebrations.  One thing I have learned from the music I have listened to this week, the music from countries who are in turmoil or who have experienced difficulties that I find it difficult to comprehend, is that music has power.  Words have power.  Even if, such as in Sudan, artists such as Abu Araki al-Bakheit have had their music banned or erased, they influence others to carry on. The ability to protest, to be critical of the authorities, to remember, to highlight danger, these things are an important part of what music is for. Something I read expresses this more eloquently and beautifully:

“Art is like water: you can’t seal off its source. It will trickle inexorably through the rock to emerge in a new spring somewhere else.”

– Mohammed Wardi, exiled leader of the Musician’s Union, speaking in London at the Memorial Concert for Khojali Osman, the singer who was murdered at the Musician’s Club, Omdurman, November 1994 (quote from this website: http://www.sudanupdate.org/REPORTS/MUSIC/MTEXT.HTM)

Information about the music of Sudan (North and South) here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Sudan


Balabil – Al basal ma bitoh


Kamal Tarbas – Safiry


Setona – Rera


Abdel Aziz el Mubarak – Ahla Eyyoun




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