Returning with their next archaeological compilation, following on from the divine ‘Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes‘, Ostinato Records continue to dive into the incredible music of East Africa’s past, with ‘Two Niles To Sing A Melody: The Violins and Synths of Sudan’. A compilation, which brings together the music of Sudan pre 1989, when a coup brought a hardline religious group to power and marked the beginning of a regime that violently condemned music, with many musicians and artists being persecuted, tortured, forced to flee exile and sadly in many cases, murdered. Ending one of the most beloved and golden ages in African music.
Fortunately, this compilation brings back together the sounds of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, telling the city’s tumultuous music story through 16 unique tracks: capturing the hypnotic violin and accordion-driven music of the 70s, the synthesiser and drum music of the 80s, as well as music made by Sudanese artists whilst in exile during the 90s. When we talk about music being political, this is it.
We are premiering our stand out track from the compilation, Min Ozzalna Seebak Seeb, a highly danceable song, drenched with deep rhythmic drum kicks of the tum tum and gorgeous Nubian rhythms and song, the drum beats reminding us somewhat of one of our favourite Ethiopian songs, Mela Mela by Seyfu Yohannes.
Two Niles To Sing A Melody: The Violins and Synths of Sudan will be released on September 14th.