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Hamza El-Din
Arabic: hamzā' ad-dīn



Hamza El-Din.
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Hamza El-Din.

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(Wadi Halfa, Sudan 1929-Berkely, California, USA May 22, 2006) Sudanese performing musician of Islamic Nubian and Arabic Music.
Almost 4 decades have elapsed since Hamza El Din started his sacred mission of promoting, developing and presenting the Nubian Culture to the world. He was one of the many thousands suffering in the Nubian Diaspora resulting from the loss of hometowns and villages after inundation by the waters of the Aswan High Dam.
His sentiments are deeply expressed through his songs, in which his longing is expressed by calling Nubia, the daughter of mother earth.
His name remains synonymous with Nubia, Nubian Music and culture. His long and cumbersome journey was accompanied by his oud (lute) and tar (the traditional Nubian instrument).
His style is simple and majestically powerful. With a charismatic voice, and only a few taps on the tar along with tender play on the oud he can make all Nubians hear themselves.
Hamza graduated as an electrical engineer over 4 decades ago when electrical engineers were scarce in his homeland Sudan, and in Egypt, where he got his degree. However, lacking any musical background, his heart was, nevertheless, drawn to Nubian music, and he developed a sufficiently advanced level of playing to be regarded as one of the few living masters of this instrument. Hamza managed not only to revive, but also to create new Nubian music traditions.
His Sufi background, and teachings from his grandfather about Rumi and other famous Sufi mystics and poets, have qualified him to become a master in this field as well.
Hamza el Din died while hospitalized from complications following surgery for a gallbladder infection on May 22, 2006.




By Abubakr Sidahmed