Blues In Khartoum by Abdel Gadir Salim

Rumor has it that song in Kordofan accom-panied by intermittent clapping can be heard up to thirty kilometers beyond their village of origin. This desert region situated in the very heart of sudan, the “land of the two Niles”, is the birhplace of many talented, powerful singers. One such is Abdel Gadir Salim, an immense figure in every sense of the word and considered to be one of the foremost representatives of the Sudanese urban singing style. He is a leading figure in a revival of the genre, commonly referred to as “jazz”, no doubt because of its instrumentation (the presence of bongos, brass instruments and the guitar). Salim not only boasts an impressive vocal range and power but is also an excellent Ud player (the arab lute). Ranging from slow languid tunes in Cairo style to frenzied rythms such as are are found in Zaire, he has developed his own style, a true belnd of all the remarkably diverse elements abd peoples that go to make up his homeland.

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