Abdel El Aziz Al Mubarak - "Ma Kunta Aarif Yarait (I Wish I Had Known)"
Kamal Tarbas - "Min Ozzalna Seebak Seeb (Forget Those That Divide Us)"
Madjzoub Ounsa - "Arraid Arraid Ya Ahal (Love, Love Family)"
Khojali Osman - "Malo Law Safeetna Inta (What If You Resolve What's Between Us?)"
Zaidan Ibrahim - "Ma Hammak Azabna (You Don't Care About My Suffering)" (live)
Saied Khalifa - "Igd Allooli (The Pearl Necklace)"
Taj Makki - "Ma Aarfeen Nagool Shino! (We Don't Know What To Say!)"
Hanan Bulu Bulu - "Alamy Wa Shagiya (My Pain And Suffering)" (live)
Abdelmoniem Ekhaldi - "Droob A Shoag (Paths To Love)"
Samira Dunia - "Galbi La Tahwa Tani (My Heart, Don't Fall In Love Again)"
Mohammed Wardi - "Al Sourah (The Photo)"
Abdullah Abdelkader - "Al Zaman Zamanak (It's Your Time)"
Mustafa Modawi & Ibrahim El Hassan - "Al Wilaid Al Daif (The Youth Who Came As A Guest)"
Ibrahim El Kashif - "Elhabeeb Wain? (Where Is My Sweetheart?)"
Mohammed Wardi - "Al Mursal (The Messenger)"
Review: Before a hard line religious government seized control of Sudan via a 1989 coup, the country had one of the richest musical scenes in the world. This fine two-disc compilation from Ostinato brilliantly chronicles the various strands of this scene, focusing especially on music made in the capitol city, Khartoum. Fired by tum tum and Nubian rhythms, the set shuffles through the Arabian-inspired violin and accordion-heavy orchestral music of the 1970s, synthesizer and drum machine-driven cuts of the 1980s, and more polished later recordings produced by local artists who had fled persecution in the 1990s. There's naturally much to enjoy throughout, including a clutch of rare live recordings and some of the most beguilding, heart-felt songs ever to come out of East Africa.