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‘THE first time that I heard the mu­sic of the Su­dan was in the house of Yusuf Ibrahim in the port city of Mom­basa. Three mer­chants, na­tives from the prov­ince of Korod­fan in the western desert of the Su­dan, had fin­ished a trad­ing ex­pe­di­tion to Mogadishu and Zanz­ibar and had been, like my­self, wel­comed into the abode of the jovial and cul­tured Yusuf . . . On the eve of their de­par­ture our host or­gan­ised a din­ner party in their hon­our . . . Usuf and sev­eral oth­ers urged the Su­danese to sing. An el­e­gant man in his fifties, in­tro­duced to us as Mahjoub, stood up, ad­justed his pale-blue jellabya that stretched to his san­dalled feet . . . closed his eyes and be­gan to sing. Like a co­bra that del­i­cately raises its head, his voice took flight.’

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