Hamza Alaa El Din
Born in Toskha, Nubia, in Egypt, Mr. El Din began playing oud while studying engineering at the University of Cairo. He also studied at the King Fouad Institute of Middle Eastern Music. Learning of the plans to build the Aswan Dam, he quit his engineering job in Cairo and set off to preserve Nubian music before the people were dispersed. With his oud, an instrument unknown in Nubia, he traveled from village to village by donkey, gathering songs. He was playing in traditional Arabic style; it wasn’t until his music acquired a distinctly Nubian flavor that it caught on.
“One day I felt the oud had a Nubian accent. I played for people in my village and they were mesmerized. I knew I had something.”
Hamza El Din, The Chronicle, 1995
- World Music Central – Hamza El Din, Nubian Oud Player
- Wikipedia – Hamza El Din
- The New York Times – Obituary
- Los Angeles Times – Obituary
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