Abdel Gadir Salim
Abdel Gadir Salim's rich powerful voice and dynamic arrangements make music which is less fussy and more hard-driving than many of his urban counterparts. His concerts and record releases abroad have made him one of the most familiar Sudanese singers for western listeners. The content of his songs strives to be closer to countryside directness, while the arrangements reflect his studies of both Sudanese and western music. Abdel Gadir Salim was born in Dilling, in the Nuba Mountains, the same village as Hamid Osman Abdalla, the inspired saxophonist who features in his All-Stars. He studied European and Arabic music at the Institute of Music and Drama, and became a primary school headmaster in Chad somewhere along the way. After his studies, he shifted in 1971 from composing "Khartoum city songs" to folk songs, and had a hit with "Umri Ma Bansa" (I'll never forget you), which is still part of his set. His home area of Kordofan and Darfur has its own unique rhythms and beautiful songs, with which he has flavoured his own music.