Pictured is Spiritual Rez keyboardist, Mohamed Araki, from Sudan, a talented and kind-hearted African, a truly kind person,who comes equipped with an arsenal of dub sounds on Keytar, Melodica and space age keyboards, but on top of his world class musicianship, Araki, a student at the prestigious Berklee school of music, has recently gathered 35 Berklee musicians to perform with guest artists from Sudan, Emmanuel Jal, Asim Gorashi, Mohamed Tahir, and Abu Araki Elbakheet, Araki’s father.
“Sudan is heir to an extremely rich tradition of musical, dramatic, and artistic expression, yet this music has not been well exposed or documented due to civil and political turmoil in the country,” says Araki. “The concert’s title, Al-Murtaja, means the thing or person people are waiting for, and this concert fulfills that wish by featuring musicians from all parts of Sudan to create a sense of shared cultural identity.” A recording session has been arranged for all of the musicians and a forum and multimedia exhibition including traditional clothing and food and photographs organized by Araki will educate students about Sudan in the days preceding the concert.
In addition, leading up to the concert, the Berklee Media Center will host a screening of Beats of the Antonov, a documentary about music, identity, and war in the Sudan.
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