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This Album Is a Soundtrack of Sudan’s Revolution

Dive into Noori & His Dorpa Band's Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass from Sudan's Red Sea Coast.

In late 2021, Ostinato Records returned to Khartoum, Sudan shortly after a November military coup and country-wide protests to capture the sound of an ongoing, inspiring democratic revolution that began in 2019.

Scrolling Sudanese TikTok, we scouted a mysterious band in Port Sudan, a city on the Red Sea coast and the country’s biggest port. One short social media video opened the gates into a world few have ventured, let alone heard, a world that reorients our understanding of ancient history and politically empowers the present.

In the early 1990s, a young musician named Noori ventured near the scrap yards of Port Sudan only to find the well-preserved neck of a guitar, an uncommon instrument in these parts. He was later gifted a vintage tambour from the ‘70s, a traditional four-string instrument strummed across the region, by his father, a renowned instrumentalist. Using his own special technique of welding and tuning, Noori forged the two and gave birth to an electrified tambo-guitar, the only hybrid of its kind in existence.

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17 Standout North African Songs You Should Check Out

Featuring Manal, Snor, ElGrandeToto, Plylist, Samara and many more.

North Africa is establishing artists that are managing to reach out to audiences like never before. Whether it be gigantic world-wide conquering bangers, to bedroom recordings inciting online fandom, the region’s artists continue to grow in confidence and stature.

Here are some standout North African tracks from the past year for you to check out — inclusions span artists from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan and more.

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