Khartoum Sudan Music
Dancehall musician Kawaja Revolution returns to Sudan for a New Year's Eve concert and tells Music Africa that he has seen a large turnout. Wardi became politically active when Sudan allowed Egypt to build the Aswan dam on the Nile and his hometown of Halfa was flooded by the Nubian Sea. The Sudanese singer, songwriter and political activist, banned by ousted President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, has returned from Sudan, seen as a sign of change in the country, and is playing a series of New Year's concerts in the capital, Khartoum, for the first time in more than a decade. He emerged in 2004 when authorities forbade him to be political, but since then he has returned to Africa and Sudan every year and has given New Year's Eve concerts.
With the gradual easing of social restrictions in Sudan, many important singers of the 1970s returned to Khartoum and enjoyed relative comfort. Others fled, but Girum, 20, remained behind with his mother and two sisters.
Sudanese make up 52% of the population, and South and West Sudan are the most black, but the second group are Africans from other parts of the country, such as South Sudan and the Central African Republic. There are no official data on the number of African Americans in the Sudanese music scene, but there is evidence that music is spreading to Sudanese in all communities.
Al-Balabil, which means "nightingale" in Arabic, is a group of African Americans, mostly from South Sudan and the Central African Republic. They are considered one of the most popular bands in the country and hold concerts in many cities.
With over 6 million viewers on YouTube, there is no shortage of Sudanese artists to celebrate. For non-Sudanese watching the channel, Sounds from Sudan should serve as a reminder that Sudan is not just about its politics, but also about music, its music and itself.
The house remains the center of cultural influence in Sudan, "says Dr. Nasser al-Khatib, the director of the Sudan Music Institute. Music began as a way to restore culture and to raise awareness among those who know little about the history, culture, music and music culture of Sudan in general.
Many of the country's poets were imprisoned, while others, such as the music of Mustafa Al-Sunnis, were transported. Kabli, with his many nationalist songs, performed his songs in al-Khartoum, where the independence of Sudan from the Ottoman Empire and the liberation of Sudan from Ottoman rule were celebrated.
Al-Tahir explained at the time that Sudan remained an "Arabic language without Islam" in African countries and therefore restricted the spread of Islam in the field of music. He claimed that the Tanbur songs of North Sudan are now understood and enjoyed throughout the country. Sudanese music cannot be associated with Arab culture, provided that it has taken its form in Sudan. He undermined the African country, in which Sudan has remained without the Arabic language and Islam, and then further undermined Sudan's cultural identity.
For example, Jabir accepted the cultural dualism that has developed in Sudan as a result of the migration of Africans from the Middle East and North Africa to Sudan. Arab migration has transformed the old African Sudan from an "Arab without African" to an Arab without African country, he believed.
Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir was in power when Sinkane wrote the song "Ya Sudan." While Arabic music - influenced by modern music such as rock, jazz and hip-hop - fills the streets of Sudan, folk music has become very popular in the last decade. The Sudanese ethnic group, which established itself during the Nimeiry era with violin and accordion orchestras led by enigmatic singers, has become Khartoum's trademark and has brought Sudan African influence.
In South Sudan, meanwhile, neighboring Congolese musicians, many of whom are influenced by South American and Caribbean music, have begun to release the guitar. Sudanese music seems to be the organic result of Sudan's independence, which South Sudan has achieved. The vast majority of her texts express themselves in the form of folk songs, touching on the reality of life that a growing number of Darfurians - and the growing number of Africans living in Sudan - are confronted with.
Ya Shagini: Contemporary Sudanese music draws a great deal of influence from music from South Africa, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Listening to music of different musical styles in Sudan is also a great way to expand your knowledge of the music and culture of Sudan, and listening also provides an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of it.
This simple equation is based on a seemingly reasonable premise: North Sudanese music is Arabic in character, as if it were Arabic - African or African of Arab origin. The hugely popular Bangs, who was born in Juba in South Sudan, sees the genre as a way of expressing himself to the millions of African youth who are a powerful but politically marginalized number. If Kabli is the philosopher of the Sudanese song, the young Sudanese singers who demand a renewal of the song must learn from him how to develop their own music.