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Monday 25 January 2021

Khartoum Kapers

One of the great delights of recent years has been the emergence of a whole bunch of labels dedicating themselves to tracking down African music from the pre-Internet age - the likes of Strut, Soundways, Analog Africa, Obstinato, Now-Again and my old buddy Awesome Tapes From Africa, al of whom have had releases featured here.

To that number you can add Habibi Funk, a Berlin-based label which specializes in vintage funky sounds from the Middle East and North Africa. If you are not familiar with them, their compilation "Habibi Funk 007" is a great place to start.   

One of the shiniest jewels in their crown is "Habibi Funk 013: The King of Sudanese Jazz", the King in question being a gent called Sharhabil Ahmed. Fortunately for us all, Sudanese Jazz bears no resemblance to 'normal' jazz. It is more like slightly wonky rock 'n roll.

"Argos Farfish" - Sharhabil Ahmed

"Kamar Dawa" - Sharhabil Ahmed

There is something about the opening to "Argos Farfish" - particularly the squawking sax - that reminds me of this old favourite from Blurt. And they both have fish in the title!

"A Fish Needs A Bike" - Blurt

Ten bonus points if you can tell me the link between that and this.


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    1. You are thinking along the right lines but got the wrong band member

  2. Sharhabil Ahmed is now my favourite Sudanese musician. Those two tracks are absolutely wild.

    1. I'm sure he'll be thrilled just to be in your top ten Sudanese musicians