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Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan
Ostinato Records
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September 14, 2018


Ostinato Records may only have launched in 2016 but the New York label has already established itself as a vital force on the reissues circuit. Their compilations of rare grooves from Somalia, Haiti and the Cape Verde Islands have demonstrated the label staff to be musical archaeologists par excellence. Their latest release, Two Niles To Sing A Melody: The Violins & Synths Of Sudan, transports us to a time when the Northeast African nation had a music scene that was the envy of the continent. Before an oppressive government literally silenced the country’s musicians after coming to power in 1989, the stars of Sudanese artists such as Mohammed Wardi and Saied Khalifa shone bright. This record collects sixteen Khartoum classics for discovery by a new generation. Extensive liner notes allow silenced voices to speak again. Another superb release from a superb label.

  1. 1 Al Bareedo Ana (The One I Love) Emad Youssef 2:00
  2. 2 Ma Kunta Aarif Yarait (I Wish I Had Known) Abdel El Aziz Al Mubarak 2:00
  3. 3 Min Ozzalna Seebak Seeb (Forget Those That Divide Us) Kamal Tarbas 2:00
  4. 4 Arraid Arraid Ya Ahal (Love, Love Family) Madjzoub Ounsa 2:00
  5. 5 Malo Law Safeetna Inta (What If You Resolve What's Between Us?) Khojali Osman 2:00
  6. 6 Ma Hammak Azabna (You Don't Care About My Suffering) [Live] Zaidan Ibrahim 2:00
  7. 7 Igd Allooli (The Pearl Necklace) Saied Khalifa 2:00
  8. 8 Ma Aarfeen Nagool Shino! (We Don't Know What To Say!) Taj Makki 2:00
  9. 9 Alamy Wa Shagiya (My Pain And Suffering) [Live] Hanan Bulu Bulu 2:00
  10. 10 Droob A Shoag (Paths To Love) Abdelmoniem Ekhaldi 2:00
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