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Nile Festival

Highlights from the Nile Festival, London. The headliner is Mahmoud Ahmed, who has been Ethiopia's leading singer for decades. The event also features a rare UK performance from El Tanbur.

Highlights from the Nile Festival, an annual event at the Hammersmith Palais in London. The headliner is Mahmoud Ahmed, who has been Ethiopia's leading singer for decades. The event also features a rare UK performance from El Tanbur. El Tanbura are a collective of master musicians, singers, philosophers and fishermen from Port Said in Egypt. Their music is driven by the sound of the simsimiyya: an ancient harp which dates back to the time of the pharaohs.

Presented by Lucy Duran
Produced by Roger Short
Factsheet compiled by Sam Hickling

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1 hour

Last on

Sat 13 May 2006 15:00

Music Played

  • El Tanbura

    Where is my Lovely? / El Gamel Weno

    Performers: Zakaria Mohamed Mohamed Ibrahim (vocals/percussion); Aly Elsayed Aly Abd El Rahman (tanbura/vocals/percussion); Ragab Ahmed Aly Abdalla (vocals/percussion); Mansour Hussein Ibrahim Nasr (nay); Salah Mostafa Soliman Abdou (vocals/percussion); Mohamed Elsaid Elsayed Shohib (tanbura/vocals); Moussad Mohamed Mahmoud Bagha (vocals); Hassan Hassan Youssef El Ashry (simsimiyya/vocals); Morsy Ahmed Mohamed Ibrahim (vocals); Elsaid Mostafa Ahamed Abdel Rahman (vocals/percussion); Mahmoud Abdou Elsayed Ghandar (gandour/vocals); Samy Abd El Naby Mohamed Bakary (castanets)

  • Interview: Zakaria Ibrahim of El Tanbura

  • El Tanbura

    Canal Song / Zayy El Nhardah

    Performers: Zakaria Mohamed Mohamed Ibrahim (vocals/percussion); Aly Elsayed Aly Abd El Rahman (tanbura/vocals/percussion); Ragab Ahmed Aly Abdalla (vocals/percussion); Mansour Hussein Ibrahim Nasr (nay); Salah Mostafa Soliman Abdou (vocals/percussion); Mohamed Elsaid Elsayed Shohib (tanbura/vocals); Moussad Mohamed Mahmoud Bagha (vocals); Hassan Hassan Youssef El Ashry (simsimiyya/vocals); Morsy Ahmed Mohamed Ibrahim (vocals); Elsaid Mostafa Ahamed Abdel Rahman (vocals/percussion); Mahmoud Abdou Elsayed Ghandar (gandour/vocals); Samy Abd El Naby Mohamed Bakary (castanets)

  • Interview: Mahmoud Ahmed

    Mahmoud Ahmed is one of Ethiopia 's best-loved singers.

  • Mahmoud Ahmed

    Mahmoud Ahmed

    Performers: Mahmoud Ahmed (singer); Dagma Wi Ali Mussa (bass); Eyassu Nega Gebru (drums); Aklilu Woldeyohannes Bedane (saxophone); Gultu Teferra Mekonnen (keyboards); Yared Tefera Asfaw (saxophone); Girum Mezmur Hawaz (guitar)

  • Mahmoud Ahmed

    Atawurulegn lela

    Performers: Mahmoud Ahmed (singer); Dagma Wi Ali Mussa (bass); Eyassu Nega Gebru (drums); Aklilu Woldeyohannes Bedane (saxophone); Gultu Teferra Mekonnen (keyboards); Yared Tefera Asfaw (saxophone); Girum Mezmur Hawaz (guitar)

  • Mahmoud Ahmed

    Bemen sebeb letlash

    Performers: Mahmoud Ahmed (singer); Dagma Wi Ali Mussa (bass); Eyassu Nega Gebru (drums); Aklilu Woldeyohannes Bedane (saxophone); Gultu Teferra Mekonnen (keyboards); Yared Tefera Asfaw (saxophone); Girum Mezmur Hawaz (guitar)

  • Mahmoud Ahmed

    Belomi Benna

    Performers: Mahmoud Ahmed (singer); Dagma Wi Ali Mussa (bass); Eyassu Nega Gebru (drums); Aklilu Woldeyohannes Bedane (saxophone); Gultu Teferra Mekonnen (keyboards); Yared Tefera Asfaw (saxophone); Girum Mezmur Hawaz (guitar)

  • Mahmoud Ahmed

    Kulun Mankwalesh

    Performers: Mahmoud Ahmed (singer); Dagma Wi Ali Mussa (bass); Eyassu Nega Gebru (drums); Aklilu Woldeyohannes Bedane (saxophone); Gultu Teferra Mekonnen (keyboards); Yared Tefera Asfaw (saxophone); Girum Mezmur Hawaz (guitar)

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