Abu Araki al-Bakheit is a musical giant who emerged during the latter years of Sudanese music’s golden era,Accompanied by a number of great singers at that time.
With his fabulously smooth and supple voice, Abu Araki reached a pinnacle of success in the late 1970s, a time of blooming creativity in Sudanese performance arts.
Two decades later, he ran afoul of Islamist authorities who banned his music , arrested him, and forbade him from singing at public events.
When he responded by saying he would not sing at all, the public outcry was so great that he was forced to relent. Today, he stands both as a grand figure of Sudanese song , as well as a brave and principled example of artistic resistance during one of the most oppressive periods of Sudan modern history.
Abu Araki was born in Wad Madani ,Sudan, the capital of Aljazeera State, a center of agriculture in the country. As a boy, he endured the hard life of a traditional, rural farming family. The family later moved to Omdurman, influential radio and television station
After graduating from the Institute of Music and Drama in 1978, Abu Araki emerged as a popular young singer on Sudanese radio, and was soon performing at wedding parties as well as festivals in and out of Sudan.
After the rise of Sudan’s Islamist government in 1989, Abu Araki , like many Sudanese artists, had difficulty working, in part because of the strong social content of his song lyrics.
He made some of his most important recordings in Egypt, working with Yousif el Mosley, maestro for Hassad Music, the most prolific record label for Sudanese music ever.
El Bakheit hails from the Al-Jazira province and became an important recording star and continues to perform for communities of the Sudanese Diaspora across the world. Abu Araki sang recently in the sit-in square after years of absence.
source: New city