Haiba: Songs from Western Sudan
Sunday, August 13
Stage in the Round
235 Queens Quay West
Abdel Wahab Haiba is an accomplished oud player, singer and composer from El Obeid City in Western Sudan. His ensemble features a line-up of leading Sudanese musicians, with Tarig Shanga on bongos, Hamid Ismail on bass guitar and Misara Gandhi on accordion.
El Obeid is an important transportation hub: the terminus of a rail line, the junction of the camel caravan routes and the end of a pilgrim route from Nigeria. The music of the region draws upon the rich cultural heritages of the diverse population, and the lyrics, melodies and rhythms give Sudanese music a characteristic flavour.
Contemporary Sudanese music is generally formed from the four music elements: rhythm, melody, harmony, and the vocal character, which is very important in Sudanese music structure. Most songs are mainly about love, social issues, cultural traditions, as well as patriotism.
Haiba performed with leading artists and groups in Sudan including the legendary Sudanese artist Mohamed Wardi. Since coming to Canada he has been performing in the Sudanese community for events, weddings, festivals and special occasions.