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Mohammed Wardi: A hero dies at 79

February 27, 2012

A militant Sudanese and  progressive fighter has died. One only hopes he would have Ethiopians singers who would take him on as an example. He has been imprisoned, exiled and harassed but he consistently fought against all dictatorships including the latest one of Omar Beshir. How many of our singers can claim the same?

check the report below and listen few  of his famous songs.

“Tens of thousands of Sudanese citizens, including President Omer Al-Bashir attended the burial ceremony of iconic singer Mohamed Wardi who passed away on Saturday night after a long struggle with kidney complications.

Sudan’s most famous singer died at the age of 79 in a Khartoum hospital, He was buried on Sunday at Al-Farouq cemetery in Khartoum where tens of thousands of peoples, including President Al-Bashir, gathered to pay their respects.

Early life

Wardi was born on the 19th of July 1932, in a small village called Swarda close to Wadi Halfa Northern Sudan.[1] His mother, Batool Badri, died when he was an infant.[1] His father, Osman Hassan Wardi, died when he was nine years old.[1] He was brought up in a diverse and culturally rich background and developed an interest in poetry, literature, music and singing.  Wardi traveled to Shendi to complete his education, and returned to Wadi Halfa as a secondary school teacher.

Music career

In 1953, Wardi went to Khartoum for the first time to attend a convention as a teaching representative for his area.  He moved to Khartoum and started his career as a musical performer.[1] In 1957, Omdurman Radio chose him to record and sing on national broadcast in an arena with legendary singers such as Abdelaziz Mohamed Dauod, Hassan Atia, Ahmed Almustafa, Osman Hussaein and Ibrahim Awad.[1] Wardi recorded 17 songs in his first year.  A committee formed by Omdurman Radio’s president that included top singers and songwriters such as AlKashif, Osman Hussaein and Ahmed Almustafa promoted Wardi to highest level as a professional singer.

Wardi performs using a variety of instruments including the Nubian Tanbur and sings in both Arabic and Nubian languages.[1] He has been described as “Africa’s top singer”, with fans mainly in the Horn of Africa.[1] His songs address topics such as romance, passion, Nubian folklore and heritage, revolution and patriotism with some of his political songs resulting in him being jailed.[1] After the introduction of Sharia in 1989, he left Sudan to voluntary exile in Cairo.[1] He returned in 2003.

He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of Khartoum for his continuous exposure and research of the Nubian language.

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One Comment
  1. Almaz Mequanint permalink

    Oh, sad he died; he was an icon of music to Sudan as well as the whole world!

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