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Simon Broughton explores the connexion between the different lyres found along the Nile, from the simple five-string Sudanese masankop to the Egyptian multi-string semsemia.

In the first of two programmes, Simon Broughton visits The Nile Project in Aswan, Egypt, a multi-disciplinary gathering featuring musicians from different cultures along the river, including performers from Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.
This week the programme explores the connection between the different lyres found along the river, from the simple five-string Sudanese masankop to the Egyptian multi-string semsemia. Plus there are highlights from the festival concert recorded specially for the programme in Aswan.

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Music Played

  • Shampoo

    The Nile

    Composer: Sitki Ahmed Salim Performers: Performed by World Routes guide ‘Shampoo’

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • Zizo Tadj and friends

    The Nile

    Composer: Sitki Ahmed Salim Performers: Zizo Tadj and friends

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • Meklit Hadero

    Abbay Mado (From Across The Nile)

    Composer: traditional Performers: Meklit Hadero and musicians from The Nile Project

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • Ahmed Said

    Abebob

    Composer: traditional Performers: Ahmed Said (singer and masenkop)

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • Ahmed Said

    E Nadir

    Composer: traditional Performers: Ahmed Said (singer and masenkop)

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • Ahmed Said

    E Nadir

    Composer: traditional Performers: Ahmed Said and musicians from The Nile Project

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • Hassan El Ashry

    Improvisation on Arabic macams

    Composer: traditional Performers: Hassan El Ashry

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • Alsarah

    Ana Arous Al Nil (I am the Bride of the Nile)

    Composer: traditional Performers: Alsarah with musicians from The Nile Project

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • Alsarah

    Nahawand

    Composer: Alsarah Performers: Alsarah with musicians from The Nile Project

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • Lawrence Okello and Michael Bazibu

    Kasolomuje

    Composer: traditional Performers: Lawrence Okello (voice, xylophone and percussion) Michael Bazibu (voice and percussion)

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • 'Shampoo' and Mohammed

    Water Wheel Song

    Composer: traditional

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • Ahmed Said and musicians from The Nile Project

    Traditional Song from open-mic rehearsal

    Composer: traditional Performers: Ahmed Said (singer and masenkop) Mohammed Fouda (ney) and musicians from The Nile Project

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.
  • Meklit Hadero

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    Composer: Meklit Hadero Performers: Meklit Hadero and musicians from The Nile Project

    • BBC Location Recording.
    • Aswan, Egypt.

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