New Auction And Records Sale at eBay.com!

Welcome to the Audiotopia again!

Through the last few months, and with the advance of years passing without any new posts here at my music blog, I realised that I am more of a collector than I had ever thought I might be. To wit, back in 1993 I started crate digging around the dirty and dusty streets of the Jordanian capital here in Amman, and used to come across some rare gems, but I didn't really give it much of a mind back then: it was fun to go every weekend and see what's on offer at the now-closed fleamarket 'Pit' or jourah as it's called in Jordanian. Every country on the face of Earth has one of these for sure, some even has multiple erm 'pits'. Yet, throughout my digging routine, I wasn't paying too much of an attention to the importance of the burgeoning vinyl market back then; which now bodes as one of the fastest growing markets in the music industry.

Little by little, I am getting back in shape after quitting my day job as a teacher and a translator to focus more on the collection and archiving, as well as selling of some of the world's rarest finds when it comes to crate digging. And, in the last three months ever since I've begun dedicated my entire time and effort; even when I was afflicted by a chronic heart disease that forbids me from exerting any duress and/or stress, I have managed to make it through bringing home hundreds of lost records from literally abject neglect and discard, among these are some of the rarest Egyptian and Syrian early 'renaissance' musicians 78 shellacs, numerous 45s, and many LP albums that started growing and growing so much that I thought, "Well, why not provide a glimpse of these rare records to the world through the Audiotopia, and maybe offer some on the Internet, too for sale to put fuel in the whole process and make it self-sustaining all though"?

And, lo and behold, yesterday I placed my first ever LP for sale on eBay.com: A rare-as-a-two-tailed-lizard Lebanese political rock first album by the band Ferkat Al-Ard (Arabic: فرقة الأرض), titled "أغنية" that was issued on the unbelievably rare and collectors' must-own label 'Zida' that Ziad Rahbani has cow-owned along with Lebanese-Armenian Katchig Mardirian as a producer; who was Lebanon's first record seller and his son, Diran Mardirian is still carrying the legacy of his late father on and on selling records and DVDs in his Sadat street shop named aptly after the nickname of his father 'Chico's'. This record was pressed in 1979 and has few copies than anyone could ever possibly imagine so much the son of the ex-owner of the label himself; Diran, places this LP on his want-list at Discogs! It's in neat, perfect shape and beautiful collector-grade condition with absolutely preserved and beautiful gate-fold cover.

So, in case you want to start seeing these records put on for sale, and wish to try for some, here is the chance. I am putting from now on every record's scans as they become available on a new post here and the rest is yours to decide. This is the first one:

Ferkat-Al-Ard - 1979




The Voice of Egypt, And God's Gift to Earth: Umm-Kalthoum's Passing Away Anniversary Today.

Who is Umm-Kalthoum? Some of you might be asking now... Well, here are some few inauguratory words on the occasion of the 39th Anniversary of her death.

A photo-collage I made especially for the memory of Umm.

Many tried to be like her, but many fell short of being half her glory.

There wasn't a single performer; be they male or female, who had her Voice; who possessed of her magic.

Umm-Kalthoum stood firm as 'The Fourth Pyramid' in the Egyptian land of the Nile, and died there standing like a giant thirty-nine years ago today.

Some even call her, though as the 'First Pyramid', while most do refer to her as Kawkab Asharq ('The Eastern Star'), and Arabs love to just call her "el-Sett", or simply, 'The Lady'.

I have become very interested in collecting all of el-Sett's live concerts, lately
those rare acts of sheer ecstasy unseen anywhere in the realm of music whether modern or old, or in between. And, I am so very proud and chuffed to see my personal collection growing way past the 500 live performances (sometimes reaching an apex of 24 different renditions for the same 'piece').

It fills me with happiness to also be an Arab who understands the words that many poets and song-writers have worked so hard to arrange and attribute to this wonderful Lady of The East. Only last year, I entertained the thought of translating some of the poems that she sang, and my first, humble attempt was 'Aghadan Alkaq' (Words: Al-Hady Adam; a Sudanese poet, Composed by Mohammed Abdel-Wahab):

Aghadan Alkaq

Tomorrow, Shall I Meet You?

أغداً ألقاك؟ يا خوف فؤادي من غدٍ

Tomorrow, shall I meet you? Oh, how my heart trembles of that day!

يا لشوقي وإحتراقي في إنتظار الموعد

Behold the eagerness and how I burn in return,

آه كم أخشى غدي هذا وأرجوه إقترابا

Ah, how I fear this Tomorrow of mine, and I beseech it not to delay;

كنت أستدنيه لكن هبته لما أهابا

I used to tempt it to try, but it bickered as I,

وأهلت فرحة القرب به حين استجابا

Yet, the joy of its being near was there when it’d finally obey.

- - -

هكذا أحتمل العمر نعيماً وعذابا

This is how I take this world; with both bliss and pain,

مهجة حرة وقلباً مسه الشوق فذابا
With a burning ember, and a heart melted upon the touch of its own strain,

أنت يا جنة حبي واشتياقي وجنوني

You, the garden of my love; my wantonness, and me being insane;

أنت يا قبلة روحي وانطلاقي وشجوني

You, the pilgrimage for my soul; my fecundity, and my chagrin,

أغداً تشرق أضواؤك في ليل عيوني

Would it be the day when your lights would brighten the night of my eyes, again?

آه من فرحة أحلامي ومن خوف ظنوني

Ah, the lustful dreams! The fear of my doubtful schemes!

- - -

كم أناديك وفي لحني حنين ودعاء

How I call upon thee in such melodies and how I please!

آه رجائي أنا كم عذبني طول الرجاء

Ah, this hope of mine; I was tortured by its stay,

أنا لو لا أنت لم أحفل بمن راح وجاء

I, without you; wouldn’t care who’s here and who’s gone away;

أناأحيا لغد آن بأحلام اللقاء

I live for a Tomorrow drenched in dreams of meeting today,

فأت أو لا تأتي أو فإفعل بقلبي ما تشاء.

So, come or don’t, or just do whichever that you please to do with my heart... it’s okay.

- - -

هذه الدنيا كتاب أنت فيه الفكر

This life is a book and you are its only thought;

هذه الدنيا ليال أنت فيها العمر

This life is just nights you are their days brought;

هذه الدنيا عيون أنت فيها البصر

This life is made of eyes you are their only light;

هذه الدنيا سماء أنت فيها القمر

This life is a sky you are its shining moon caught;

فإرحم القلب الذي يصبو إليك

So, have mercy on this heart only you it sought,

.فغداً تملكه بين يديك

Tomorrow, and in between your palms you’ll hold it taut.

- - -

وغداً تأتلف الجنة أنهاراً وظلاّ

And, Tomorrow we shall enthrall the garden’s rivers and shade;

وغداً ننسى فلا نأسى على ماضٍ تولّى

And, Tomorrow we shall forget as not to regret a past forayed;

وغداً نزهو فلا نعرف للغيب محلا

And, Tomorrow we will thrill as the unknown won’t have a place;

وغداً للحاضر الزاهر نحيا ليس إلا

And, Tomorrow we shall live only for today’s grace;

.قد يكون الغيب حلواً إنما الحاضر أحلى

Yes, true what we don’t know might be sweet, still today stays a sweeter treat.


Umm-Kalthoum's music can be found all over the web, off the web, practically everywhere, but most of her music that is put on CD (and, before that as LPs), was a mere hotchpotch of her Premiere performance, usually cut and pasted into smithereens of disjointed 'couplets', and the result always ended far shorter than the original, full-length performance that normally stretched the two-hour mark.

So, I shall include some of her concert-live 'perfumances' (Note: credit goes to a 72-year-old lady who has the same name of Umm, for coining this portmanteau). These links below were originally sent to this wonderful woman who breathes the beauty of Umm-Kalthoum, and knows the magical infestations of her musical works of art. To you, 'Umm', I shall dedicate this post and the music content inside for everybody.

Enjoy downloading for the moment, while I shall go back to my busy day remembering such a gloriously grand lady as that of Umm-Kalthoum with music, love, and most of all prayers for peace to see the light again in that beautifully ageless land of Egypt where a lot of innocent blood was shed as of late. Music unites us not religions, and never countries and false chauvinism.

May the eternal Light of God shine on that Biblical land again... This time, forever.


Be well, everybody.



Dark, Dark! A Dark Day for Israel: R.I.P. Arik Einstein (אריק איינשטיין); Israel's First Rock God.

Hello, everyone. This is me; Hammer, again getting back to the blogosphere only to announce yet, another sad and tragic death of one more music icon in the Middle-East region, this time it's from the State of Israel.
R.I.P.: Arik Einstein (אריק איינשטיין).

Yes, you bet it is going to be hard on Israelis to wake up on another morning without their beloved singer, actor, and rocker Arik Einstein (אריק איינשטיין), who passed away after being taken to the Sourasky Medical Center, Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv; his birthplace, suffering an aortic aneurysm. He was announced dead after the doctors there tried everything they could. Arik passed a month shy from completing his 75th year here on earth, on last Tuesday's night at around midnight.
Arik being taken to his grave by family and friends.

I myself am still in a state of shock like most Israelis are by the news of Arik's death: I share with these folks who live across on the other bank of the River Jordan quite a few things, but beside the language (Hebrew), that I can speak somehow and my father's lineage coming from the coastal city of Haifa... I share the love of this singer whose beautiful —and, funny— music has been the 'soundtrack' of my life for the last 20 years or more.
Arik's burial at Trumpledor Cemetery.

Mourners on Wednesday.
Arik was mourned in Israel in a huge funeral on Wednesday's afternoon, and was finally placed in his resting place at Trumpledor Cemetery. Many weeping fans and devotees flanked his apartment at Hovevei T'Zion street in grievance, and the Prime Minister of Israel; Benjamin Netanyahu himself spoke a few eulogising words before he was taken to the cemetery to be buried, and called him "... The essence of a true, beautiful Israel." Yes, true. And, even when there is little or no peace on that land where thousands of good men and women have walked since Biblical times, let's hope that Arik's soul will reach its Creator and rest in His Peace and Love for an eternity to last.

I can't say much right now; I am pretty much in a state of awe, but I shall leave you with these sad words and an LP album that most critics consider to be the first ever psychedelic rock music album to come from Israel, ripped by yours trully (in 320 kips, with songs' titles in both Hebrew and their translations into English): Capricorn. Dig it down there in all its 'Dylanesque' glory and innocent, childish cover. And, I promise you to give Arik Einstein a full obit-post in a few days, along with all of his best albums.

Arik Einstein(1939-2013)
אריק איינשטיין

Shalom laichim.



Kamal Tarbas: The King of Popular Sudanese Music - كـــمــال تربــاس.

Welcome back to this plethora of sound, music, and joy.

It's been such a 'deafinite' silence the past few months, but as of now, the sound; the music, and the joy will all start to reappear right here at the Audiotopia.

Today's artist has all three elements which can make life rather livableand as a singer, musician, and an entertainerhe became known as 'The King' of popular song in his wonderful country Sudan ('Malik Al-Ouğniyah Al-Soudaniyah' - ملك الأغنية السودانية): Kamal Tarbas.

Let's read with vigour his story now...

Kamal Tarbas -  (Also spelled Turbas, Tarbass) كمــال تربـــاس:

Al-Ustad Kamal Tarbas - كمال ترباس.

Kamal Ibrahim Suleiman, better known as ‘Tarbas’ is a king in a true sense considering how he kept standing all through 40-plus years fighting competition on ground, and elsewhere, standing as tall as giants until he became known as the ‘King’, deservedly. His story begins in Hai Al-Qhala’â, at Al-Sayyed Al-Makki: a place in Umm-Durman where many intellectuals and musicians were born like singer Mohammed Ahmad S’rour, and leaders like Ismael Al-Azhary (who became the first Sudanese president after the end of British colonial rule in 1956).

Tarbas posing, in the 60's.
Kamal was a smart kid at elementary school (Al-Hedaya), when he was moved to study at Al-Shiek Al-Tahhir Al-Chalaby school, which headmaster Khaled Abul-Rous heard him sing as part of the school’s celebrations choral and advised him to stay singing, assuring him that, “You are nothing but a true artist.” His musical upbringing started at the expert hands of Mahmoud Falah, who invited the young Kamal each day, from 10-2 P.M. to be part of Awlad Al-Mawarda (‘Sons of Rosewater’, a musical band), and later taught him how to memorise songs and compose his own.

At Dar Falah as that musical school was known in the late 50’s, Kamal became a star, literally, alongside future singers like Mohammed Bachir A’ateeg and ‘Hadabai. The owner asked him to record some songs of his own compositions, and so he went to Umm-Durman’s Radio, headed at that time by Ustad Ali Makki, who heard him, but didn’t allow the very young Kamal to have a recording session time at his esteemed radio station asking him finally to “Go look for another job.” because he was too young. And so went Kamal’s destiny as he joined instead of a singing career... a carpentry workshop.

Umm Durman in the early 60's.
At the workshop in Umm-Durman, he became known as a ‘tarbas’: a door-fitter, or a bolter because of his exceedingly good craftsmanship that was the talk of the whole place. Sadly, the family had to relocate to Hai Al-Merighniyeh in Kassala; a well-known market city which was a move to enable his father to provide for his family. In Kassala, Kamal attended the nightly parties where music was played al-fresco and tried to share the joyful atmosphere with his young voice, but what made him stand out from a rather musically-talented crowd in the mid-60’s was his unique singing style that he’s learned at the Dar Falah back in his hometown.

(L) With fellow singers, early 70's.
So, the story goes: after Kamal used to climb trees at the back of the Dayat Umm-Durman, near the old radio station to listen to the giants of Sudanese folk music sing at the studio there like Al-Zein Hamid, etc. things in Kassala changed his life’s course, entirely when his old-school friend Mohammed Bachir A’ateeg saw him singing under a tree and invited him to the radio to sing A’âini Ma Tabki (‘Don’t Cry My Eyes’) that he recorded in 1967, writing soon afterwards his first self-composed song (Natagha Al-Ism, or ‘She Said The Name’).

Mohammed Ahmad A'âwwad.
S'rour, 30's.
From that date on, Kamal’s genius in composing and singing his own music saw no stop. He became known as the king of qa’âdat (settings) which was where he got the nickname ‘The King’ and by the end of the 60’s, he moved from Kassala to the capital Al-Khartoum to go professional in a hugely competitive arena ruled by Mohammed Ahmad A’âwwad ((محمد أحمد عوض, nicknamed in Sudan as Al-Khal, or the ‘Uncle’ whose parties used to attract storming crowds flocking to see this short-bodied man sing, holding a small tambourine, or rīqh. Among other singers that Kamal Tarbas was influenced by, were those early so-called ‘bag singers’ who sang their songs in the 50’s; started by Al-Haj Mohammed Ahmad S’rour in 1920 who rejected the tamboūrah as the mainstay instrument in Sudanese musical ensembles, and introduced the musalas (musical-triangle), and the tambourine, then came Ibrhaim Al-Kachif who styled it in lazmah, or a stable scale in the 40’s.

Ibrahim Al-Kachif.
In 1945, an Umm-Durman radio programme aired presented by poet Salah Mohammed Ahmad Saleh, was called ‘minHakiebat Al-Fan’, or From Art’s Bag. Some critics affirm this as to be the etymological reason why were these earlier songs became known as the ‘bag songs’ (later, ‘songs of Umm-Durman’). Some others contest that it’s called so because of the music instruments cases, or bags that those early musicians always held wherever they went, while others might allude to the analogy between the word ‘hekbah’ in Arabic, which means a decade, epoch, etc. and hakibah which means a bag to that stage in music evolution. The word itself means ‘bag’, literally, and it’s a collective term used by the earlier masters who collected these songs (mostly poetry-based) in one bag, figuratively to distinguish it from other styles.
Radio Jockey Al-Sir Mohamemd Awa'âd in the 60's.
That radio programme is still being aired in Sudan till this very day, witnessing a lot of changes in the anchoring seat, by such early pioneers of music-shows in Sudanese music history such as Al-Sir Ahmad A’âwwad. It’s a remarkable thing to just try and comprehend how much Sudanese people love their music! It’s incomparable anywhere else in the world. Sudanese people are adamant and avid music lovers of the first calibre; their music means everything to them, really. These ‘songs of the bag’ are actually their history written in songs called ‘rewayat’, or audio-novellas.
(R-L) Burhan, Karoumah, Omar Al-Banna, S'rour.
Sayyed Abd Al-Aziz.
Ibrahim Al-A’âbady.
Tarbas grew with these listening to the early masters like Karoumah, Ibrahim Al-Kachif, Al-Amin Burhan, Ibrahim Abde Al-Jaleel, Mohammed Al-Tayyeb, Al-Taj Mustapha, Abd Al-Aziz Abu-Daoud, Amin Abd Al-Rahman, Ahmad Mustapha, Hassan A’âtyyah, Sayyed Abd Al-Aziz, Al-Tharri, Osman Hussein, Ibrahim A’âwwad, Ibrahim Al-A’âbady, Al-Chafe’âi, Hamamati etc. each has his own style of incorporating tales in the musical performance of these songs, and/or when writing these influenced by the early 19th-century poets. So was the same for Kamal Tarbas whose early starts weren’t easy at all as he had to base most of his genius on those now-dead singers' songs and traditions long forgotten by the advent of hadis music, or modern Sudanese pop music (called in Sudan, uğniyat al-maraheem, or dead people’s songs).

Trabas in the late 70's.
His music was so diverse and varied from the light ‘danceable’ tunes, to the heavy ‘sma’âei’ ones like his famous jalsat (which to me, are his best works), sung solo to the accompaniment of an oud player. Kamal Tarbas’ music was particularly chaâbi like Mohammed Ahmad A’âwwad’s was before him. He took the stage from A’âwwad using one or two tablas; a bongo, one tambourine (he played it softly mid-stage), in addition to 3-4 shayyaleen, (شيالين) or percussing-clapping singers. Chaâbi music in Sudan is considered the hardest style to sing, and Tarbas excelled in it, nonetheless.
On stage, with Sudanese singeress Hanan BloBlo, early 80's.

He was so smart in taking up a bunch of shayyaleen (sing. Shayyal which means ‘to carry’ literally, verb-use sheel; ‘carry’) who ‘carried’ the heavy load from his vitrified shoulders in the scorching hot sun as he sang in haflas (parties) outdoors. They were one, unified family of singers, so much, a singular shayyal’s voice would end up sounding very much like the lead singer’s himself. This is the reason why most critics see Kamal Tarbas' voice as a ‘never-changing’ one because he didn’t abuse it, and thanks to the shayyaleen he succeeded at making it easier on him to sing for years on end. At almost 60 now, he still sounds so young, and his songs are liked by the young as well as the older generation.

Kamal with T.V. anchoress Layla Al-Mughrabi & Abdel-Aziz Al-Mubarak.

Chaâbi is divided into many subgenres, like ağani al-seerah (oratory long songs of a historical type), madyeh or madeeh (adulatories), and wedding songs, or a’âras music (which Tarbas is always the singer to call for whenever such an occasion appears). Among many lesser-known styles, he sang el-tim-tim, kratch (Kamal introduced it into modern Sudanese music), and the bayou. The godfather of chaâbi is A’âwwad who started the first band (along with Badi Mohammed Al-Tayyeb, A’âwwad Al-Kareem, Abdellah Sedeeq Al-Kahlwai) in 1964. But, the popularity of his band didn't last as each member went solo by the late-60s, early-70s.
A'âsayiah Dancing with his beloved audience in the mid-80's.

The best asset for success for any popular singer is the audience, though and not the audition and Kamal succeeded to hypnotise his audience with his soft voice, singing for the old and young; rich and poor, male and female, etc. taking only the choice words written by the most sensitive poets that he knew would move his audience into an ecstatic mass of swooning drunks. To top this hard work, he deliberately wore a gigantic âmmah (turban), or âmammah that was on top of his head like a deserved crown. His sartorial sense of dress was in one word ‘impeccable’: according to Sudanese standards, to take care of your looks is a sign of not being an aristocrat, but a really unique individual.

With friends in Umm Durman, late 80's.
Through all his haflas, Tarbas only wore the finest jallabiyah/ âbayah (shoulder robe worn as an outside garment by Sudanese men over a light, loose white garment called sometimes dishdash), and the longest âmmah (that was rumoured to have measured at times up to 6-7 metres!) that he kept pulling to the front whenever he started singing his old, traditional songs feeling every word he utters with his ‘trained-and-true’ throat. The shayyaleen before he incorporated them were just an introductory act who sang a few words and that was that: Kamal came and changed this and enjoined them to be part of the whole song that sometimes would stretch over the ten-minute limit.

Omar Osman (R).
But, Tarbas’ true fame came from his early radio days (Izza'ât Al-Bath Al-Soudani, Umm-Durman), thanks to another radio-jockey namely, Omar Osman whose programme Sa’ât Samar (‘An Hour’s Joy’) presented to the Sudanese populace such talents in the music category as Salah Ibn Al-Badyeh, Ismael Hasb Al-Dayyem, Abdel Qader Salem, Abu-O’âbeidah Hassan, Zaki Abdel Al-Kareem, S’ounaei Al-A’âsimah, Ibrahim A’âwwad, Mohammed Wardi (who died last year and his funeral was attended by Tarbas), and last but not least our very own Kamal Tarbas himself.

At Mohammed Omar Wardi's Funeral (Feb|18|2012).

The written word also figures so big in his repertoire and reporty. He picked only the best script to sing and composed those tunes taking care of their intros (maybe to emphasise more the rule of his fore-singing shayyaleen). One of his best-sung songs (Inta Al-Muhim, or ‘You’re The One Who Matters’) that people loved so much, they started to sing it to each other, be they loved ones or just friends, and it was a love song written by Sudanese poet Abed Al-Aâl Al-Sayyed, and won the best Sudanese song title in 2009. It was taken so seriously its said  a couple got divorced after the wife asked Tarbas to sing it for her without dedicating it to her husband who was enraged and divorced her right away... on stage!
Kamal with Cherif Nigeria.
His charisma was so enthralling that whenever he started to sing softly and beat his tambourine—being a natural smiler, and a bit of a fat guy himself who'd look all of sudden so sad, you couldnt but wish to have him hugged, instantly—his audience went into a higher level of listening, sometimes shutting their eyes, even when right in front of them stood a huge man whose turban (or, crown; however you can see it as such) was there. This invisible crown had a funny thing about it, too: Well, most Sudanese citizens are asked to take theirs off when taking new passport photos except Tarbas: the passport authority allowed him to keep it in his passport photo!

With some Sudanese journalists, 2000s.
He was also a jokster who challenged fellow lower-echelon singers by inventing witty comedowns and tuneful slogans such as this one: Ana zai al-pepsi: aliey bai habani bahdoum laiho, we’l bekrahni… betla’â laiho be nakhrehou!” (trans. I am like Pepsi: Ones who love me, I can digest for those, as who hate me I only can choke them through their nose). He is a genial man who still lives to this day, famous for crying once on public television after singing a song for mothers on Mother’s day (Allah Yesalimik Ya Yummah). Such a magnanimous singer, who cared for his people and catered for their hard-to-please musical taste.

Kamal Trabas.

He won many lovers and yes a lot of haters, this Pepsi-can of a man. Seriously, those who hate Tarbas are lacking in their depths the understanding of what could make him whom he is today: Sudan’s King of Song. It’s not his popularity alone, but the way he handles himself through a lot of the competition that was like a haunting ghost throughout his music career since the late 60s, and having to swim these dangerous, envious waters resident in Sudanese music circles. It is not an easy job to be a singer in Sudan, let alone... A King of song.

Kamal (far L) with Al-Khoujali Osman
Ali Ibrahim Al-Lahou & Composer A'âwwad Gabriel.
Some even dared criticise him for using modern instruments when he was the sole musician in the whole of Sudan to build (on his full personal expense) a ‘Dar’, or house, for Sudan’s oldest-known ‘bag singer’: Karoumah in 1985 yet, he still gets the heat for modernising old, traditional music. Kamal is a singer of two generations: The old who have influenced almost all of his singing career, and the younger ones who need his backing with their every aspiring young career move, too.
With Ibrahim Hussein, Al-Taj Makki
& Al-Tayyeb Qasam Al-Sayyed.
Kamal Tarbas songs were songs of pure love and not hate after all. Sudanese people have a special word for Love: They call it
al-reäd (The Wantonness/ The Want. Arabic: الريد). It is a wholesome feeling felt in all of his songs singing it with a sense of loss because I think, personally, Kamal was this singer who was envied for being a King. It’s his high-status that begot him such faultiness with the others (and, numerous fights and gossip) instead of yes... Love, pure love, or the want to be loved by his people.
The King.
Not all kings are loved, anyways. But, in the music world (and, especially in Sudan), love will prevail and the real king/s are those who have love inside them. Love makes us all kings and queens.

So, long live King Tarbas!


The King's first Cartridge picture-cover.

Today's music downloads are rich in quantity (9 DL-able files in tote containing more than 1 GB worth of music!). Almost all of Kamal Tarbas’ songs are here for you to download and listen to (well over 230+ songs). Just like the norm is with music from Sudan, artists have songs of them accompanied by an oud (Oudio: Vol. 1/ Vol. 2), or as part of the modern, Sudanese band (Orchestra: Vol. 1 (Haflah/Jalsah)/ Vol. 2/ Vol. 3/ Vol. 4). Dig both.

Bonus files are taken from a radio programme (Sa’
â Ma’â Al-Oud) which recorded in the early-to-mid-80's through the Umm-Durman Radio (إذاعة البث السوداني بأم درمان). One-hour file is entirely Tarbas while as a bonus-bonus, another show features other Sudanese singers like Al-Kably, Abd Al-Dafa’â Osman, and Mohammed Wardi (whom Tarbas considered his closest friend).

UPDATE 07/20/2K13:
Here is another zip-file that contains five more Umm-Durman FM shows aired this Ramadan through the Sudanese Transmission Authority Radio. The singers/oud-players included are: Abdel-Kareem Al-Kably (this time alone with only his oud), Osman Hussein, Ibrahim Awwad, Hicham Mergheni, and three young, singers together: Mustapha Sayyed, Al-Khaldi, & Seif Al-Jam'ea. Do enjoy.

One last cassette-album is a new one by Kamal Tarbas (Sir Al-Ghboul: The Secret of Admission) which he recorded in 2009. Hear how his style matured in this one which most Sudanese people pick as their favourite album by Kamal Tarbas.

Kamal Tarbas - Sir Al-Ghboul
.ســـــر القـــبـــول

All you have to do to download all files at once is follow this link now, and that will take care of everything; including your troubles, worries, and unnecessary sadness in this temporary world.

Music is the very breath and substance of life.



-Watch these two early Tarbas videos on the 'Tube. Enjoy:

 Kamal Tarbas - Sadeghni ma Bagdhar A'âeed.
(Love Story - Believe Me I Can't Go Back).
 Kamal Tarbas - Ya A'âyouni Ma Ghoulti.
(Oh My Eyes, You Haven't Told Me Yet).


-Here is a blog about Bag Songs in Arabic, complete with what I think is the best collection of sounds from a long-lost, and undocumented era in Sudanese music. Enjoy it, immensely even if in Arabic only:

-Kamal (the King) in the kitchen? Hmm, time to cook, or ask the wife to help? Try this recipe with your beloved ones called Âammit Tarbas (Tarbas Turban):
Ingredients/     3 full cups of flour, 1/4 starch, 1/4 ground, uncooked rice
                 3 eggs, 2 tea-spoons of Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon Vanilla

  2 cups of edible oil (olive/sunflower), a dash of salt
  Water (1/4 a cup to each three large spoons of flour)
  Cooking Oil (1/2 a cup)
  Coconut shavings, and shira, or red food pigment (if available).
How to Make/ Mix the starch, rice, and baking powder with a dash of salt together well until homogenised, add the eggs, oil, water and vanilla after that. When the mixture is settled, slowly, add the flour until you get a smooth dough. Leave for 1/2 an hour. To cook, use medium heat and a deep-dish for grilling the dough dumplings that you can make by cutting the dough into thin strips and rolling these with the end of a fork, slowly, and at the end twist the dough to go between the fork's teeth. Heat the oil for 2 minutes and start to grill dipping the fork inside the dish and slowly turning it as to drop the dough inside in order to be cooked.

Leave to cool, then sprinkle with the coconut shavings and garnish with shira, or use sugary paste (boiled sugar with water 1:2 water/sugar cups ratio).


Bon appétit, folks. This post was a return of this blog (as promised) back to blogland, and a way to celebrate the 100,000 strong visitors in a year or so since it was started. Also, the love of Sudanese music brings me to mention Lola Radio whose blog was and still is one of the best for African/ Sudanese music ever. He is going through some rough times right now being laid-off his job, but what is happiness in this ailing, dilapidated world but the good chance to hear new and exciting sounds? He has one of the best places to enjoy any kind of that freedom music allows, so don't deny yourselves this chance to go listen to what he already has on his music-blog (Lola Vandaag). This one is for you, Gerrit. Enjoy it.

And now, and until the next post (the second part of this inauguratiory one here that I hope you did like), we shall go 'sail' our ships to the Arabian Gulf region and hear from one of the best singers of all times: Salem Al-A'
âllan; the Howler of The Arabian Sea, or as some nicknamed him 'The Lion'. So, tonight we've got ourselves a King, tomorrow the Lion will be here, too at The Audiotopia (no relation whatsoever to stupid, Disneyfied shittola). 

Please, do not miss it.