Mayada Qamaruddin

Here’s some MP3s from this artist!

She is contemporary, and brings a innovative blend of traditional and modern sounds. I read some news articles about her, which talked about how she declined to retire after being married in 2015. Apparently it’s typical for women star singers to retire after marriage.

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Al-Gamri Hamed, Blue Nile musician and music scholar

I posted this YouTube video on the Sudanese music Facebook page last week, and it led to a discussion of this artist with Hytham M Hammer.

Here’s some MP3s from him!

Per Mr Hammer, Hamed is from the Blue Nile region in the southeast part of Sudan, from the town of Badous (close to the city Er-Roseires, where a giant hydroelectric dam is located). His home is close to the Nuba Mountains, and you can hear lots of similarities to music from the Nuba Mountains in Hamed’s work.

Hammer went on to tell me that Hamed learned how to sing al-tambour at an early age, and that he learned to sing a type of singing traditionally popular for women singers. This style is called “al-hakkamat” and Mr. Hammer may have more to write about that topic on this blog at a later date. Per Hammer, al-hakkamat is a singing style that is as historic as Sudan itself.

In addition to being a singer, Hamed is apparently an music scholar himself. Hammer tells me Hamed wrote a book (in Arabic) about women singers from the era of the Sennar Sultanate (1504-1821 CE).

Per Hammer, the video I posted also features a group called Ferqat Graham, a band that is named for famous musician Graham Abdelqadir. I may be posting about that musician in the near future.

Wala’eddien Soulieman Mahmoud, son of Suleiman Mahmoud

I posted a YouTube video yesterday from a modern artist I liked, and it turns out that the artist is the son of Suleiman Mahmoud! Thanks to Hytham M Hammer for pointing this out to me. For those who don’t know Suleiman Mahmoud, he’s one of my favorite Sudanese artists.

Here’s some MP3s from the elder Suleiman Mahmoud.

In any case, Wala’eddien Soulieman Mahmoud is great! Synth-based performances. I especially like some of the funky slow tracks.

Here’s one set of tracks from Wala’eddien Soulieman Mahmoud.

And here’s a second set of tracks!

Ostinato compilation tracklist unveiled; Housekeeping note

As I’ve mentioned on here before, my intention has been to remove MP3 downloads if/when it ever becomes possible to buy music from any of these artists.

Ostinato revealed the tracklist of their upcoming compilation, and many of the artists featured are artists who I’ve posted about on this blog. Awesome!

I’ve started to go through and replace the archive.org links for those artists with links to the songs on my YouTube channel. This will take some time, but should be completed in the next month by the time the compilation is released.

I should note: I don’t have any relationship with Ostinato or any of the re-release labels. I’m just a small-time hobby blogger! I think it’s awesome that they’re making Sudanese music available to people outside of Sudan, and I’m in complete support of that endeavor. Though my audience is small, I don’t want to give away for free what these musicians are accepting payment for.

Mohamed Ahmed Awwad, chaabi singer!

I’ve been reading about chaabi music from Sudan and talking to Hytham M Hammer about this wonderful, diverse microclimate of Sudanese music. One chaabi artist I’ve been listening to a lot in this pursuit is Mohammed Ahmed Awwad.

Download some of his tracks here.

Per Mr. Hammer, the songs Awwad covered were the same as the small poems that other, more classically inclined singers were singing… But Awwad performed them in a less sophisticated, chaabi style.

Some sources (e.g. Wikipedia) claim that Awwad was the originator of Sudanese chaabi. Mr. Hammer disputed that explanation and suggested that Awwad’s role was to popularize performing in casual, traditional clothes and to bring that chaabi style music to a wider audience via his tv appearances. He was not the first chaabi singer.