The final of my three Original Music albums is Rain in the Hills subtitled Beja Ballads of Port Sudan. The songs were recorded in 1995 by John Low when he was working for Oxfam in Port Sudan on the Red Sea Coast of northern Sudan
The music of the Beja people is quite distinct from the mainstream Sudanese music, sung in Arabic, from the Nile valley. It has a much more sparse, rural sound as you might expect from a tribe who were, until recently, livestock herders. The Beja sound is certainly not as “easy on the ear” as the more readily available Sudanese music but truly rewards listening.
When I started this blog a year ago, my intention was to dust off some of the CDs I didn’t play on a regular basis and to get reacquainted with them. Listening to Rain in the Hills again, I know exactly why I chose to do this and why I plan to continue for a little while yet.
(If you like the track posted here and would like to buy the album, Sterns are showing this on stock and at a sale price. Buy it – you probably won’t find another copy.)
Next month, beat the January blues with … January Blues!