Radio Sudan… Coming soon

Posted November 30th, 2009 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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I am currently working on a post featuring some wonderful and unusual recordings from the Sudan ( jazz, Mambo, rock n’ roll) that were recorded by the Sudanese National Radio back in the 1960s.  In the meantime I thought I’d share some beautiful tracks by a few of the Sudan’s musical legends.  These recordings were given to us by the Sudanese National Radio.

Mohammed Wardi is one of the most famous Sudanese singers of the twentieth century.  These next two songs are wonderful examples of the ‘classical’ big-band style that has made Sudanese music famous throughout the Horn of Africa and the Sahel.  (From Mauritania through Niger and on to Djibouti I have met many rabid fans of Sudanese big-band music).

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    Mohammed Wardi ‘Drops of Dew’

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    Mohammed Wardi ‘The Dearest People To Me’

Sayed Khalifa, who passed away in 2001, at the age of 73, started to make a name for himself in Khartoum in the 1950s.  He was the first Sudanese to formally study music and his songs are classics of the golden-age of the Sudanese big-bands.

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    Sayed Khalifa ‘She is My Neighbor’

One Response to “Radio Sudan… Coming soon”

  1. Yassir Awad says:

    Thanks for this post its good efforts to reflect our rich miusical culture..like too much songs of Light of Khartoum North -what a rare records
    Plesae post more of these rare records of sudanes ntional radio as its nearly lost

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Heather Maxwell produces and hosts the award-winning radio program “Music Time in Africa” and is the African Music Editor for the Voice of America. Heather is an ethnomusicologist with Doctorate and Master’s degrees from Indiana University specializing in African Music. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz/Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching, and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987.

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