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).
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.