Two Niles to Sing a Melody – The Violins & Synths Of Sudan

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

All the capital cities of the world are in possession of their own rich cultural heritage and Khartoum is certainly no exception. In this release, we find some of the Sudan’s own musical highlights from the period between the 1970s and 1990s. Some of the titles reveal the struggles ordinary people endured through the period both before and after the 1989 coup, such as Kamal Tarbas’ “Min Ozzalna Seebak Seeb” (Forget Those That Divide Us), Zaidan Ibrahim’s “Ma Hammak Azabna” (You Don’t Care About My Suffering) and Hanan Bulu Bulu’s “Alamy Wa Shagiya” (My Pain And Suffering). The violin and accordion sparring can be hypnotic in places, with some haunting orchestral arrangements, conjuring an almost brooding feel, though tinged with optimism. Plenty of scope in terms of the sprawling “Al Mursal” (The Messenger) by Mohammed Wardi to the fleeting instrumental “Elhabeeb Wain” (Where is My Sweetheart) courtesy of by Ibrahim El Kashif. Worth investigating.