محمود عبد العزيز Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, treasure trove of MP3s

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Here’s the MP3s!

Massive star singer from the 90s, Wikipedia tells me that he was an icon for people who wanted Sudan to be a secular country. This isn’t his full discography … but it’s close!

Enjoy.

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فرقة الأصائل Assaell Band

Assaell Band

Funky, innovative and fun singing group + synth tunes. Definitely a highlight of the Sudanese singing groups I’ve encountered. I asked Hytham M. Hammer about this group and he told me:

“Also called ‘Awlad Al-Beit’ (Sons of The House – فرقة أولاد البيت), headed by the well-known Sudanese singer singer Salah Ibn Al-Badiyah and later by his son, who also became a lead-singer Moa’z Ibn Al-Badiyah, and keyboardist Bakry Abou-‘Azabah, and his brother Ibrahim Abou-‘Azabah. Al-Asayyil Group has many different incarnations, one was a ‘madayeh’ band singing adulatory old poems for the legacy of the prophet of Islam.
The group was first made in 1993 under the moniker of a charitable society in Shambat, called the Al Al-Bayt Charity Society Group, consisting of five ‘munshideen’ or religious singers, and headed by Salah Ibn Al-Badiyah’s own son, while the words for most of their songs were written by Sheik Al-Niel Abou-Qouroun who wrote mainly Sufi songs, some of which were considered Shiite (he converted from Sunni Islam to Shiite pledging his allegiance to Iran; something that has got him a lot of ire).
The group later ended up with ten members in its lineup, winning the first singing prize for the Military Group’s Creativity in 1996, 97, 98 and 2006. They also got invited to sing at the Cairo Citadel Festival, where one of their songs ‘Ahl Al-Selselah’ won the first prize, as well as singing at the Opera House in Cairo backed by musician Hussam Shaker.”

Dive right in.

إلهام الشرق Ilham al-Shrq

Ilham al-Shrq

I wish I had better quality tracks from this artist, because she’s good. I asked Sudanese music fan Hytham M. Hammer about this artist and he told me:

“A Sudanese female singer from the northern city of Port Sudan, from Hayy Abou-Hashish. Her first singing career steps began after finishing her college in 1983. She was discovered by Al-‘Aqeb Mohammed Hassan, and she appeared on theatres and sang in televised studio concerts for the duration of that year, only to get banned by Sudanese president at that time Al-Sadeq Al-Mahdy. She finally got married and moved to the United Arab Emirates where she stayed with her husband and quit singing altogether. Nothing is known about her now, except that she’s still alive in maybe Abu Dhabi. Similar artists: ‘Awaddiyah Ezzeddien”

Here it is!

‎زهرة مدني‎ Zahra Madani

zahra madani

Awesome female-led drums and singing.

Here’s the MP3s!

A quick aesthetic note: I get all of this music from various Arabic-language MP3 sharing sites. I’ve been transparent about that in the past. When I download these tracks, they tend to come with the logo of whatever website I found the track from. For purely aesthetic purposes, I’ve been going through and replacing those pics with pics of the artist.

I’m tired of doing that. It’s time consuming and I already spend huge amounts of time on this blog project. I’d rather spend that time finding us cool music. So… if you download the MP3s going forward, expect to see funny website logos. You should be able to replace the art in whatever MP3 player you use.