A friend who lives in Sudan sent me this one – a really great documentary on the Zar tradition in Sudan. As I understand it, Zar is an old school mystic tradition that lots of people in North Africa and the Middle East practice. In Sudan, the former dictator tried to ban the practice, forcing most Zar events to go underground.
I always really liked this cover art. I can’t remember where I found the original… I think I collaged together 3 different old-school tape covers that I found on discogs. In any case, I like it. Hopefully it draws you in and gets you to spend some time with these lovely oldies. I don’t know much about the artist, aside from that he was a contemporary of Wardi and El-Amin. I haven’t found any old videos of his performances.
Here’s a brief description of the film, found on that YouTube channel: “The Sudanese film Tajuj … tells the story of Gram Taguj and Al-Mohaq … written by the Sudanese historian Muhammad Salih Dirar, for which he toured the valley of the Hamran tribe …. from the films of the late pioneer Jad Allah Jabara … starring the artist Salah Bin Al Badia and the actress Majida Hamdna.”