Listen to the Arousing Nubian Songs
Fascinating Nubian Songs, Music, Composers, Arageed Damce, New Songs 2020, Great Masters of the Nubian Song, Contemporary Nubian Artists, Rising Stars of the Nubian Song, Music Groups
Fascinating Nubian Songs, Music, Composers, Arageed Damce, New Songs 2020, Great Masters of the Nubian Song, Contemporary Nubian Artists, Rising Stars of the Nubian Song, Music Groups
Singing is the life stream of the Nubians. Since antiquity Nubians have expressed their love for music, singing and dancing, as witness the many artistic representations of musicians, dancers and singers in processions and festivities painted and engraved into the walls of temples, columns and tombs. Some of the ancient music instruments are still used by Nubians to this day. Accompanied by the rhythms of the Def, the Nubian drum, Nubian artists express their deep feelings, joy or sadness and frustrations in elaborate songs bearing a message of wisdom, of encouragement and of peace.
Inspired by the picturesque nature of their lands at the borders of the Nile, enhanced by the Nubians' tight-knitted, interacting and sociable communities and the serene stress-free life, all Nubians like to sing and to share their songs. While traditional heritage songs have been passed on since at least three hundred years and are sung by successive generations - each one adding its own artistic feeling and environment, the countless contemporary Nubian artists contribute a rich variety of new songs, mostly based on traditional Nubian music and rhythms. The Nubian child is born into his or her people's art-loving environment; the whole village community celebrates the birth by singing, and they sing while bringing the baby to the sacred Nile river to wash his face with Nile water - a ceremony mixing religion and ancient beliefs to wish and ensure the child a happy and prosperous life. Nubians sing at home, so it is obvious that Nubian children grow up sharing songs with their siblings and friends. At school, Nubian children like to sing together during their break between lessons; it is at this early stage that many future singers, poets and musicians develop their talents. While women sing while doing their homework or producing beautiful handicrafts, the men sing while working in the fields. After work they gather either in the home or sitting under the trees and - again - sing all together. There is at least one music instrument in every Nubian home, be it the traditional Nubian drum, the Def, of a lute - the Oud, or the Kithara - the Nubian tambour. The leading singer starts the song, which is taken over by the whole community which repeats the words or sings the refrain. Def players - usually three of them - beat the rhythm, enhanced by hand clapping by the community. Some of the participants dance traditional "Arageed" folklore dances, with varied rhythmic steps and weaving arm movements or coordinated to form an immensely rousing troupe. No wonder that Nubians enjoy singing and dancing for hours. During weddings or other festivities the celebrations gather the whole village community and last for hours. In contrast to the neighboring Arab populations, Nubians also sing songs with religious content - also based on appealing rhythms and melodies.
Nubians take their love for music with them wherever they go; during the long train or bus rides through arid landscapes the common songs provide a pleasant entertainment. As most voyages are done by ship, the captain of the vessel - whether it is a Nile felucca, a motor boat or a passenger ship - used since old times to entertain his passengers playing music and singing well-known songs.
Nubian art has withstood and survived many obstacles; in an effort to unite their people, in Sudan former governments led massive Arabization campaigns, during which music and songs from Nubia and other ethnic minorities were banned from public broadcasts. As many young Nubians left to the major towns for study or work, they were partly cut off their artistic heritage. Nevertheless, when ships came to Khartoum and the South with passengers from Nubia, singing their beautiful songs, Sudanese people from other regions came to the border of the Nile to hear them. In Southern Egypt two thirds of the Nubian lands were flooded after the construction of the Aswan High Dam, which drowned many Nubian villages under the rising Lake Nasser. Some of the inhabitants were relocated in villages far from the Nile river into arid landscapes and crammed villages, and they had to struggle to survive. Their songs acquired a new purpose. While old Nubian songs mostly glorify love, mutual affection, life wisdom and ethics or speak about work or longing for their loved ones who travel far away, Nubian songs became a stage to lament the loss of their villages and beautiful nature, the lands which carried all their memories and the roots of their livelihood, and to vent their anger and disappointment. Patriotic songs now mixed with traditional ones - and they are part of the songs played at wedding parties or other festivities.
It is Nubian art - and foremost music and songs - that allowed Nubian culture, language and traditions to survive. Even Nubian communities scattered all-over the big towns in the extended region, in surrounding countries and far away countries cherish their link to each other and to their mother lands. Foremost in Nubian regions themselves - but also wherever there are Nubian clubs and communities, artists gather in artistic sessions during which they share their songs and discuss the improvement and spread of their art. Some young Nubians are influenced by modern instruments and foreign music types, and some fuse them into rhythmic displays that keep few features of traditional Nubian art. Singing mostly in Arabic, they have large followings among the Egyptian and Sudanese youth.
From time to time concerts are organized by the various Nubian artists, many of whom recruit young men and women who form troupes and train to perform amazing dances, adding many elaborate and coordinated movements to the traditional ones. Nubian dance groups - even children groups - wearing traditional costumes are also displaying their art during various events, festivals or television shows, raise awareness for the culture of this people who has long been the victim of neglect even inside Egypt and Sudan - due to the lack of knowledge and racist connotations. Even in industrialized countries that have been focusing on Egyptian and Middle Eastern history for centuries, the Nubian heritage has long been denied. Only recently, thanks to amazing discoveries by archaeologists in Southern Egypt and Northern Sudan, Nubian history and heritage have been recognized and are gradually making their way into history books
Broader availability of the Internet is an essential means to tie links between Nubians dispersed over extended areas. Much efforts have been made to encourage young Nubians to embrace the art of their ancestors and to learn the Nubian language - as many families have abandoned it after leaving the Nubian regions. Many Nubian initiatives to teach the language, traditions and visual arts and to display Nubian heritage in museums and touristic villages as well as applications and websites all contribute to finally restore the noble Nubian art to its deserved praise and admiration. Take a journey on our website to share and enjoy with us the excitement, joy and deep feelings Nubian art can provide!
Born in 1929, Hamza Ala Eldin is considered the father of the Nubian song. He studied engineering, but his passion was music. After studying guitar in Italy he went to the United States, where he taught music, and later to Japan, composing and singing songs in Nubian language and introducing the World to Nubian art's beauty and intensity. When he visited his homeland he taught Nubian artists of his time and introduced musical renewal into traditional Nubian songs.
Khidhir El Attar was born in the village of Ibrim in Old Nubia, surrounded by palm trees and green vegetation at the borders of the Nile. Because of his impressive voice he was assigned to represent his school. However, the forced displacement far from Nubian lands left a deep wound in his soul, and determined the message of most of his songs. Khidhir El Attar not only represented Nubian Art, he also spread it to France and the Arab Gulf and participated in the 3rd Millennium Concert with Jean-Michel Jarre in 2000.
Mohammed Wardi (1932-2012) from Wadi Halfa in Nubian Sudan is one of the best-known Nubian songwriter and singing artists. Since his young age he was interested in poetry, literature, music and singing. He composed and sang many songs in Nubian and Arabic, focusing on romance, Nubian heritage and patriotism, and played a variety of instruments. After being jailed because of his political songs, he left to Cairo and Los Angeles in 1989 and returned to Sudan in 2002, where he was awarded a honorary doctorate.
Ali Koban is a famous Nubian artist born in Qorah in Old Nubia. The young Ali learnt the love for singing from his father, and sang at wedding parties. In 1949 he sang in the Khedive Opera House and gained admiration from King Farouk. In 1957 he formed the first musical band in Cairo and introduced new instruments to Nubian music. He also encouraged other Nubian singers. Since 1988 Ali Koban participated in many concerts in Germany, the U.S. with James Brown, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands, and received many awards.
Mohammed Mounib (1926 - 1991), the spiritual father of the contemporary internationally known singer Mohammed Mounir, was the first Nubian artist to introduce Arabic language and sounds into Nubian music. Although he diffused his songs on the radio, it is only in the eighties that his 51 songs - and the 45 he composed for Mohammed Munir - found some recognition within the Egyptian public. He also composed songs for other Egyptian singers, including Amr Diab, Ihab Tawfiq, Ahmed Fouad and Hisham Abbas.
Seyid Gayer from Abu Simbel is one of the great artists who contributed to the promotion and improvement of Nubian artistic heritage. Deeply marked by the displacement of Nubians from Old Nubia, the land along the Nile flooded and drowned after the construction of Aswan High Dam, he introduced songs lamenting this loss among Nubian music with his song "Hanina". He set up a music troupe, and influenced many contemporary artists. His songs and compositions are kept alive by his son, the Artist Ahmed Gayer.
Late Slaeh Abbas, named the Dean of Nubian Art, is one of the Great Masters of the Nubian song who greatly contributed to reviving the traditional Nubian song. As an ardent lover of the Nubian song since his childhood, he learnt from the great artists of his time and started his own career in the sixties. His songs are loved and sung by many contemportary artists and his memory is kept alive reminding his love for Nubian unity and his message to teach the young generation Nubian language, heritage and art.
Abdallah Bata was a creative artist and since the 1950s sang his own songs with a sensual warm voice and performed at major events. He is also the parent of the great Bata family, with Adil Bata being a renowned Artist, Hisham Bata one of the greatest singers and composers, Majdi Bata an eminent composer and the young Hamo Bata following in their path.
Saber Asker is one of the great Nubian Artists of the last century. His songs are based on the traditional Nubian rhythms and melodies, into which he broucht renewal. He sang songs on poems and melodies of the Nubian poets Ahmed Dawood and Nour Eldin Toshky, as well as Nubian Heritage songs.
Hassan Jazouli was born in 1936 in Old Nubia, in the village of Qora in Eniba. He started his artistic career in 1952 with the great Poet and Composer Abdo Mirghani. He sang many emotional songs about love, Nubian traditions and the wish of return. Hassan Jazouli also sang in the Arab Gulf countries, in Paris and London.
Late Nubian Artist Jamal Sherif was a very creative and prolific singer and performer, who brought renewal to the Nubian song adding non-traditional music instruments and a chorale and "Arageed" troupe of young Nubian singers. His varied songs focusing on love, wedding and Nubian unity are still very much alive to this day and sung by many Nubian artists.
The Nubian Artist Seid Jamal was born in the village Adindan in Old Nubia, in 1930. Since his early childhood he loved singing the traditional Nubian songs about the beauty of the nature surrounding him. Greatly influenced by the Nubian artists of the time, Seid Jamal formed the Nouba Adwaa Music group. His tender voice and emotional songs led him to success.
Ramadan Ahmed was born in the Nubian region in Aswan. As one of the pioneers of the contemporary Nubian song, most of his songs and melodies - which he composed himself - were sad lamentations of the loss of the beautiful Old Nubia and the pain young Nubians felt leaving their families and their homes behind to search for work in the large towns in Egypt and abroad.
Salim Shaarawi from Abu Simbel is the son of Shaarawy Selim, one of the pioneers of the modern Nubian song. Selim was a percussionist in the Ali Coban music group. After some of his songs appeared on cassette and CD between the 1970s and 1980s, he was a renowned Artist and made major contributions to modern Nubian song.
Saleh Welwele from Halfa (Sudan) remains a reference of the Nubian song and an example for young artists. Saleh Welwele was an incredibly prolific poet, composer and singer who was able to create a new song every day. His legacy is carried on by his daughter, the magnificent Artist Zakaria Welwele, who continues singing his songs.
Ghazi Said is one of the greatest contemporary Nubian Artists. He masters the Oud and sings with deep feelings, stirring the emotions of his public. He rose to fame singing Dr. Mustafa Abdelqader's poem "Babour Kusuna" that describes the pain of a young Nubian turning back to his village only to discover while he travels on the steamship that his village has been drowned.
A famous artist since long time, Adil Bata sings poems of many of the greatest Nubian poets. His soft and melodious voice charms his audience into the depth of his songs. Many melodies have been composed by famous musicians of his extended family, the great artistic Bata family from Abou Simbel.
The creative, charismatic and enchanting Nubian Artist Hisham Bata likes to sing in artistic gatherings, engaging his young admirers to sing with him. Hisham Bata is also a prolific composer, having created many melodies not only for himself but also for many other famous artists.
Ahmed Ismail is a talented young Nubian Artist who rose to fame with his varied selection of songs, most of which were written by eminent Nubian poets. Ahmed Ismail is celebrated by young and old alike, and certainly looks to a promising future.
Fikry Al Kashef from Abu Simbel is another famous name among the best Nubian Artists. Stemming from an Artist's family, he manages the "Eskale" Nubian Guesthouse, that also contains one of the few Nubian libraries and also serves as a beloved gathering center for Artists from all-over the region.
Ahmed Gayer is a celebrated Nubian Artist from Abu Simbel who keeps the heritage of Nubian music and song alive. He expresses his deep feelings, especially when he sings the songs of his late Father, the great Artist Seid Gayer.
Eissa Tamim is another famed Nubian Artist who started his career singing at wedding parties, however he also wrote and composed some of his own songs. The appealing way he presents his "Arageed" songs and delights his audience brought him early fame. His song "Ashry Gurrand Anilinna" was voted "best song of the year 2019".
Farah Al Masry is a great and talented Artist committed to the tradition of Nubian Art. His creativity allows him to both sing Nubian Heritage songs as well as a great variety of his new songs combining traditional rhythms with various modern instruments.
Mohammed Ibrahim Kabush, a famous Nubian Artist from Upper Nubia (Northern Sudan), is a great master of the Tambour (or Kithr in Nubian), the traditional Nubian music instrument dating from the pharaonic era, and sings in the traditional Nubian style for the joy of his many followers.
The charismatic Mohammed Mounir is the best-known Artist of Nubian origin in Egypt and in the Arab World. After singing mainly Nubian heritage songs with Ahmed Mounib, he moved to Arabic songs into which he integrated Western-style rhythms and instruments.
Assem Khitam is a talented and very creative Nubian Artist and Musician from Upper Nubia (Northern Sudan). Beside singing Nubian heritage songs adding fresh inspiration, he also sings with his strong and pure voice his many elaborated and beautiful songs he accompanies himself on the keyboard.
Jiddo Seif is a young charismatic Nubian artist from Upper Nubia (Northern Sudan), who sings as well traditional songs as his recent songs for his enthusiastic public, often accompanied by a wonderful Arageed troupe.
Eid Suleiman is one of the famous Nubian Artists from the village of Abu Simbel in Lower Nubia (Southern Egypt). He sings beautiful, meaningful songs written by famous poets and composed by great Nubian musicians.
Mohammed Yousef from Abu Simbel sings mostly religious songs, Sufi "Praises to God or to his Messenger", on rhythmic Nubian melodies to the excitement of his devoted followers.
Doola Al Ata is a remarkable Nubian Artist from Dongola (Northern Sudan) with an extraordinary talent. His songs in Andandi (Dongolawi or Kenzi), a branch of the Nubian language, are accompanied by beautiful videos showing the traditional Nubian landscapes and way of life.
Hasan El Saghir is a renowned gifted Kenzi artist. Besides being present at all major Nubian events, he also sings in Arabic, and held several concerts in the Arabian Gulf, Europe and the USA.
The charming daughter of the celebrated late Artist Saleh Welwele, Zikrayat is an outstanding Artist who presents her songs in a lively, delightful manner. She keeps her father's heritage alive, and also sings several of her songs together with other Nubian Artists.
Amjad Saber is a prolific young Artist from Upper Nubia (Northern Sudan). He recruited his own "Arageed" dance troupe who give additional excitement to his great concerts.
Poet and Artist Mekki Ali Idris is as astounding while he is performing his lively songs with deep feelings, as when reciting his great poems. He is a great master of the traditional Nubian "tambour" (or Kither in Nubian)
Yousef Kheiry is one of the most prolific young Nubian Artists enjoying a great popularity in Upper Nubia (Northern Sudan). His arousing singing style brings joy to his public.
Nabil Fethy, a young creative Nubian Artist from Lower Nubia (Egypt), rose soon to fame with his young, enthusiastic public. He masters the keyboard, and often accompanies the most renowned Nubian Artists in artistic gatherings
Al Balabil is a trio of the famous sisters from Upper Nubia (Northern Sudan), three charming artists who sing as well traditional Nubian songs as their own songs at major events, festivals and TV programs. They are renowned also outside Sudan.
Bibo Adam is a talented artist who rose to fame, acclaimed by his many fans - mostly from the young generation. However, he also sings at major events and together with renowned Nubian artists.
The prolific young artist, who gave himself the creative artist name Bisimbis, rapidly became a favorite among the Nubian singers of the new generation. Inspired by traditional Nubian songs he brings renewal into the genre.
Majdi Bata is the eldest son of the late great Artist Abdallah Bata, and himself an exceptional musician and artists who composed many of the famous songs for various singers. Occasionally he sings himself, mostly at artistic gatherings.
One of the most distinctive Nubian musicians and artists is Seid Ibrahim Qurty, who composed many songs for the greatest Nubian singers. He also sings his own songs, that he usually accompanies with the Oud.
Abdelrahman Al Omdeh is one of the few young Nubian artists emerging in the field of Kenzi Nubian. He quickly became a favorite among Kenzis and sings his beautiful songs at many events and festivities.
Ahmed Sherif charms with his emotional voice and melodious songs that fly his listeners into the fictional world of exaltation that only Nubian Art can provide. Listen to his many beautiful songs...
Ashraf Bata, one of the great artists of Abu Simbel, likes to express his feelings with his velvety voice in artistic gatherings.
Ikrami Ismail is a creative artist from Ibrim. He sings poems for famous poets, and also writes and composes songs for himself and other artists.
Saber Kena from Abu Simbel is a successful young artist singing affecting romantic songs expressing his deep feelings.
The wonderful artist and musician Majeed Munawwar from the Nubian region of Mahas sings beautiful songs by the great master Makki Ali Idris, Mohamed Wardi and the poet Ezz El-Din Abu Zeid.
Hasan Abu Ras is a promising charismatic young artist from Ibrim, affectuously called "Canary" and "Nightingale" by his admirers.
Abdo Gourroub from Ballana is a wonderful Artist, a skillful musician and he applies his creativity even to produce and improve various music instruments.
Ahmed Husein Alomdeh is a great artist and a skilled Oud player from Abou Simbel, who loves the traditional Nubian song. He is the brother of the famous artist Bisimbis.
The regretted Artist Tareq Salah Eldin is widely celebrated as a brilliant poet. His love for art made him also a composer, musician and singer. His friend and admirer Seid Ibrahim Qurty composed many of his songs.
Ashraf Bek from Abou Simbel is a renowned organist and singing artist, caring to preserve the Nubian language. His songs perpetuate the Nubian tradition, containing a wise message addressed to the Nubian community.
Amer Daoud is a talented and charismatic artist from Abu Simbel. He cherishes traditional Nubian music and the Nubian language, and he preserves the customs of singing together with his public and in artistic gatherings.
Naser Seyid is a great, prolific and talented artist from Abou Simbel. His voice full of deep feelings and tenderness enchant his audience, and he soon became a star coveted in all Nubian villages where he gives vibrant concerts.
Ezz Eldin Mohammed from West Suheil is a famous artist singing in the Kenzi Nubian language. With his broad repertoire, his rich affecting voice and beautiful songs about Nubia and its beautiful nature, he enchants his large audience during his concerts and wedding parties.
Born in Halfa, Mohamed Nawari is a talented artist and musician who accompanies his wonderful songs about the beauty and nostalgia of Nubia on his keyboard.
Alshafia Keekha from Halfa is a prolific creative artist and composer who performs with talented musicians and the amazing Araghid Ensemble.
Nasser Al-Hajj from Abu Simbel is a famous artist who writes lyrics and often performs with other artists
Mohammed Kheiry Shanan
Mohamed Awad, from Dongola, presents traditional Nubian songs, skillfully playing "Kithar" with his beautiful "Arageed" ensemble that adds vitality to his performance.
Makawi Hassanein is a great all-round artist from the Mahas region, a skilled musician who plays three traditional instruments and a composer and an influential singer with his sensitive voice and lyrics.
The appealing female singer Fadwa Mohammad Othman from the Nubian island of Sai dazzles her fans with her charm and warm voice
Mohammed Hassan Alsaigh
Mohammed Kheiri Aoundy
Mizo Al-Halfawy (or Mizo Al Sudani) is an extraordinarily talented and creative young Nubian singer from Halfa (Upper Nubia, Sudan) with a velvety beautiful voice and melodious Nubian songs. Despite his young age, he is already a star among his public.
Hamo Bata is the youngest artist of the famous "Bata" family of singing, composing artists and musicians. He is already a requested performer at major events and festivities, and looks forward to a promising future.
The talented young artist Aboudi Samel from Abu Simbel fascinates his growing audience with his moving voice that expresses his deep feelings and emotions and his bright smile. He sings songs of the great poets Ezz El Din and Helmy Abu Zeid in addition to traditional songs.
Sony Kombo is a young singer from Abu Simbel and Ballana. Being the cousin of the great artist Farah Al-Masry, he started his singing career at a young age.
Eimad Fethy Khalil
Hassan Ahmed Yasin
The Andandi Music Group is a very creative group of young artists who are acclaimed for their beautiful presentation of traditional Nubian songs. They participate in all major events in Upper Nubia (Sudan)
The Dongola Traditional Songs Group is another music, song and dance troupe from Dongola (Southern Nubia) who present songs from the Nubian heritage.
The Nubian Knights is a famous group of young talented musicians and singers from Lower Nubia (Egypt). They present Nubian songs and heritage at major events and TV shows.
Nuba Noor was one of the first Nubian music groups to be formed. They achieved fame in Sudan as well as in Egypt and occasionally perform on the international artistic scene.
The famous musician Shams Hussein is a referance in Nubian Art since the beginnings of its revival. He created his own music group, who is accompanying most great artists.
From the artistically very prolific town of Dongola in Upper Nubia (Northern Sudan) the beautiful Nubian Heritage Association sings and dances traditional Nubian Songs at events and TV shows.
Building on the heritage of the great late Nubian Artist Mohammed Mounib, the Mounib Music Band presents his songs and their own productions in a modern adaptation in Nubian and Arabic.