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by Sounds of Sudan

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Almawada 04:43
Donia 04:04
Jeenaki 08:42
Sabah Alnuwr 06:02
Bassama 05:18


Sounds of Sudan is the result of a new collaboration between the Bristol based oud duo Nabra and the Ligeti quartet. Sudanese music in new colours combining the traditional Sudanee instrument, the oud with a contemporary string quartet.
These are richly poetic songs of love and longing, sometimes with hidden political messages such as in Abdel Gadir Salim’s Jeenaki which uses the migration of Geese as a metaphor for people displaced.
Tum Tum a style originating in Ali Elmubarak’s home town Omdurman features with Sabah Alnuwr a traditional song and Donia by Ibrahim Mousa Aba.
The album also includes two very beautiful pieces both using the popular Merdoum rhythm by the great Abdel Gadir Salim.
Salim, born in Kordofan studied in Egypt which led him to incorporate Middle Eastern scales not commonly used in Sudanese music.


released August 9, 2021

Nabra: Ali Elmubarak vocals, Knud Stüwe oud
Ligeti Quartet: Simmy Singh guest violin 1, Patrick Dawkins violin 2, Richard Jones viola, Val Welbanks cello - all arrangements by Knud Stüwe


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Sounds of Sudan Bristol, UK

The Bristol based duo Nabra features the combined ouds of Ali Elmubarak (Sudan) and Knud Stüwe (Germany) as well as Ali’s expressive vocals sung in Arabic.

The ​Ligeti ​Quartet ​have ​been ​at ​the ​forefront ​of ​modern ​and ​contemporary ​music since ​their ​formation ​in ​2010. ​They ​have ​established ​a ​reputation ​as ​one ​of ​the ​UK’s leading ​ensembles.
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