Rain Over Nubia

by KaddalMerrill

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Laily Consistently beautiful compositions and playing from this ensemble. There's a sense of them expertly infusing the music with a very broad spread of influences. Assuming this is the premiere release it's an impressive one. Favorite track: Together When Apart.
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Shams 05:07
Spins 03:30
Sedi Donka 03:34
Nena Ho 02:58
Mardoum 02:54
Sim Sim 04:29


Anglo-Egyptian wife-and-husband duo KaddalMerrill explore ideas of culture, identity and place; vividly imagining new folk melodies over the poly-rhythmic drum grooves of Sudanese dance music. Together, they combine flute and violin, using extended techniques to weave a tapestry of sound that illustrates the shared joy they have found in exploring the richness and breadth of the Nubian, oriental and British musical traditions.

Fayrouz Kaddal is a classically-trained flautist, researcher and academic from Alexandria, with a special interest in the relationship between musical practices and the Nubian displacement of 1964. She has performed as a member of High Dam and AfriCairo. Daniel Merrill is one third of free-folk radicals Dead Rat Orchestra, with whom he has been exploring the outer limits of traditional music for over a decade. He is now based in Egypt and the UK.

On the album, they have collaborated with master musicians from the region, including Ahmed Omar (Eritrean/Egyptian bass player and founder of AfriCairo), Ashraf Awad (Sudanese oud player with The Nile Project), Zizo Tag (Egyptian oud player), Ahmed Samir Rashwan (saxophonist with RT Nuba) and the ecstatic rhythms of the percussion from Bouda Abdul-Yazeed (multi-percussionist with Hawas) and Wessam Mokhtar (Req).


released August 12, 2019


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