COMPOSERS: Mustafa al Sunni
PERFORMER: Mustafa al Sunni (voice, oud), Abd al Hafiz Karar (percussion)
CATALOGUE NO: NI 5583
MUSTAFA AL SUNNI, as recorded in Oxford, brings to his Sudanese songs a lithe tenorish voice with a catchy rhythmic sense and a softly lyrical streak, and a deft, busy touch to his own accompaniments on the oud.
Really this is urban pop with folk origins, which over 90 years or so has become a respected, virtually classical tradition in its own right. With a wide range of moods and styles, the collection easily maintains its quiet appeal.