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April 18th, 2019


Abdel Gadir Salim - Nujum Al-Lail

With the overthrow of the Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir looking like it might actually stick it might be time for a small celebration in the form of some music from Sudan. Here's the singer and oud player Abdel Gadir Salim with his 1989 work Nujum Al-Lail (Stars at Night). I've heard a few of his songs, some with his band the All-Stars and some solo. His group work is more high energy, but if like me you're unfamiliar with the traditional musical forms he uses it's probably better to start with his sparser music. Today's track fits the bill, with violin, drum and Salim's spare strings and long and winding voice.

Abdel Gadir Salim - Nujum Al-Lail