Sudanese music story from Fritz Catlin (23 Skidoo)

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Musician Fritz Catlin of the great band 23 Skidoo reached out the other day to share these tapes and this story:

“I was in a hotel lobby in Cairo in 1983, chatting about music,
I said I played in a band, “what instrument?” I was asked, ‘drums’ I replied…”oh, everyone plays the drums” I was told and renditions of different towns special local rhythms were given by those present.
  I had a little boogie box and played my latest recording “Coup” by 23 Skidoo, by chance the tape it was on had Sudanese track afterwards that I had copied from someones vinyl on my travels.
    A Sudani who was present said that the music was what his parents would listen to and insisted on giving me 5 or 6 cassettes of more up to date sounds.
Over time it became some of my absolute favourite music, the camel ride lope of the percussion was a particular part of it’s appeal but I also came to love the intensity of the vocals.”
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Music video experiment

The mission of this blog is to build an international audience for Sudanese music. How to do this? At first I focused on simply making the music available to people who don’t speak Arabic by translating artist’s names and uploading their music to archive.org

Then I started uploading music to YouTube. Then I started to organize the MP3s into “bootleg tapes” accompanied by “cover art.” I theorized that people in America and Europe were more accustomed to listening to music as ‘albums” and that creating that experience would draw more first-time listeners.

Now I’ve started to experiment with creating music videos. Will this draw more first-time listeners to Sudanese music? Maybe not, but they are fun music videos to create!

Here’s my first attempt: