Last Updated: Thu Feb 23, 2012 21:01 pm (KSA) 18:01 pm (GMT)

Khalid Ewais: Wardi…the Sudanese legend

Sudanese music icon Mohammed Wardi passed away on Feb. 18, 2012. (Reuters)
Sudanese music icon Mohammed Wardi passed away on Feb. 18, 2012. (Reuters)

Millions of Sudanese from all over the shattered country and beyond had felt the extremist sadness ever along their history which extends back to 8,000 years.

Beyond their tragedies and nonsense wars, beyond their poverty and exiles, beyond their wounds and even beyond the separation which took place last year and divided the country; the greatest Sudanese singer ever, Mohammed Wardi (1932 – 2012) was able along his career (1957 – 2012) to flourish their lives and give them the energy to survive.

He wasn’t just a singer and composer; he was the living legend of Sudan who won the global Paplo Niroda prize in 1974, and was nominated as the pan-African singer number one in the mid-nineties.

The iconic legend has entered every single house in Sudan, distributed more than 20 million CD and tapes. His concerts during decades where fully booked, and he was happy to move with his orchestra from a hall to Addis Ababa football stadium to sing for tens of thousands of his Ethiopians fans in 1995.

Wardi, who has produced more than 300 songs, was the most lovable figure in his nation because of his love songs and for the fact that he was also a revolutionist, who sang for freedom and democracy and -- off course – for the two public revolutions in Sudan in October 1964 and April 1985.

Wardi, along 60 years of his career, has participated a lot in building the collective beauty memory of the nation, and succeeded to become the people’s greatest idol in arts.

His songs are the right way for better understanding of the soul of Sudan: the sophism mood, the pride, the eager for happiness, and the deep sadness.

Wardi was a candle lighting the heart in the darkness of civil wars and deterioration. He was the one who united the people in both North and South.

Wardi was the Sudanese icon who will always remain one of the biggest spiritual and cultural marks forever.

Sudanese people and all Africans will never forget the beloved legend who gave them happiness for more than 60 years.

(The writer is a Sudanese novelist and journalist. He can be reached at Khalidewais2012@gmail.com)

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