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Salma Al Assal/Hassouna Bangaladish/Mohamed Al Semary: The Sound of Sudan

Track List

>Beayya [Little Girl]
>El ghaddara deema [Life, the All Time Deceiver]
>Al ajiko
>Om Zein [Mother of Zein]
>Seira [The Walk of the Bridegroom]
>Ya Samir [Hey Samir]
>Ya khalil [Name of the Beloved]
>Azza [Dear]
>Al wafir dera-o [The Man with the Strong Arms]/Wed el balad [Son of Our City]
>Habib ta-al [Come Back My Beloved]
>Tabat [A Song of Praise]/Ya habibi [My Beloved]
>Masso nourkom [Turn off your Lights]
>Ennaya [My Eyes]
>Dam-et el shouq [Tears of Longing]
>Ya Bashir [Calling Bashir]
>Aadila ya baida [Aadila, you White Girl]
>Behokm el sied [Under the Orders of the Lord]
>Feriea al ban [The Branch of the Ban Tree]
>Aashiqto shadin [I am in Love witha Charming Lady]
>El laban [Milk]/El khadar khadari [The Green Colour Is Mine]
>Sabab el aza [The Cause of my Troubles]

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

The songs on this album are from a period in Sudan’s history called Hoqbah. Female singing, as a tradition, started in Sudan a very long time ago, when women sang patriotic songs called hakamat. After Sudanese independence, these songs developed into a special style called Al Sabata. Singers began to sing about various subjects of modern daily life such as cigarettes, cars, houses and even mobile phones. The sabata style of singing has developed with the modernization of Sudanese society; however, it has kept its basic form and tradition despite incorporating modern elements.

Album Notes

Personnel: Salma Al Assal (vocals); Hassouna Bangaladish (bongos); Mohamed Al Semary (vocals); Aasem Al Tayyeb (violin); Atef Reyhan (accordion); Adel El Serr (bass guitar); Magdy Meshmesh (tabla); Moddathir Meshmesh (percussion).

Audio Mixer: Hossam Ramzy.

Liner Note Authors: Diz Heller; Salma Al Assal; Mohamed Al Semary; Hossam Ramzy.

Recording information: Etab Studios, Giza, Egypt; M.A. Sound, Giza, Egypt.


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