From Nubia to Cairo

by Ali Hassan Kuban

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    1 - Sukkar, Sukkar, Sukkar
    2 - Om Schar Asmar Medaffar
    3 - Hanwil Tanza
    4 - Yah Nasma Yah Halina
    5 - Mabruk
    6 - Amira
    7 - Nouba

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    SIDE A
    01 Sukkar, Sukkar, Sukkar
    02 Om Schar Asmar Medaffar
    03 Hanwil Tanza

    SIDE B
    04 Yah Nasma Yah Halina
    05 Mabruk
    06 Amira

    07 Nouba

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From a self-taught musician exploring his Nubian people’s musical roots to a professional, successfully leading his various bands into new, vibrant, international pop territory – Ali Hassan Kuban became an international star when his music finally went global in the 1980s.

When precisely Ali Hassan Kuban’s legendary recordings, released internationally by Piranha in 1988, were made, nobody knows any more. What we do know, recordings had taken place at Delta Sound S.A. in Cairo – with the orchestra’s entire line-up circled around the only working microphone at hand. The tracks had been travelling in the Arab world on two audio-cassettes afterwards and accompanied his rise from a local superstar to a musical innovator of new, vibrant, international Pop.

Ancient Nubian melodies played on a background of pulsating Western beats and sounds that draw from American jazz and international pop – Ali Hassan Kuban served as one of the founding fathers of the musical breed which crushed the gates between the Global underground and Western pop: the old and the new! The weddings and the concert hall! The Orient and the Occident!

“From Nubia to Cairo” is the first milestone in urban Nubian Pop. The record is available in glorious audiophile format - remastered from analogue tapes with listening standards updated to contemporary levels. The first batch of Ali’s long-legendary Nubian originals, seductively praising in touching lyrics his native Nubia and Egypt, their people, in particular, their women, and life. Life in general.


released November 16, 2018

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Track Name: Sukkar, Sukkar, Sukkar
(Sugar, Sugar, Sugar)

Your eyelids are sweeter than honey
You are the queen of all women
During my sleep I dream of you
When you are by my side
My heart starts to fly
Sugar, sugar, sugar
Your eyes make all men go crazy
Your smile is melting me
Sugar, sugar, sugar ...
Track Name: Om Schar Asmar Medaffar
(The Beauty With The Black Plait)

You with the black plait
I will love you all my life
Nobody else should marry you
Beautiful brown one
You are living in my heart
My love lives in your heart
Since we were children we had this dream
She always wanted me to stay with her
I too don't want to be without her
Without her I can't live a second
Everything is so expensive
But when she buys it
The price goes down
Because she is so beautiful.
Track Name: Hanwil Tanza
(Try to forget)

If you are angry or sad
Whatever happens had to be like that
You are still young
Your life is in front of you
Try to smile
Why should we spent our life crying
Let us enjoy the nights
You must forget your worries
Every lover will surely meet the loved one
If you are patient then it will happen.
Track Name: Yah Nasma Yah Halina
(A Breeze Of Home)

A breeze of home
What are you doing so far away?
How are you so far away?
We are missing you
Since years you work in this foreign country
It is so nice at home
Our dear God shall bring the people back home
Our longing for home is like a wave in the ocean
We ask the waves
Did you carry any news from the people abroad?
We long for them
Those peoples' nights are bad
Because they cannot find sleep
We are waiting for you to come home.
Track Name: Mabruk

A thousand wishes of happiness
To you beautiful bride
To you beautiful groom
Congratulations from my heart
Congratulation, congratulation, congratulation
God shall protect you
Everybody should be able to marry too
I sing for you
They say the moon is so beautiful up in the sky
They say the trees are so beautiful in the valleys
Congratulation, congratulation, congratulation
The couple is beautiful like flowers
Never I saw something more beautiful
Congratulation, congratulation, congratulation.
Track Name: Amira

You princess
I love you with all my heart my dear
We must dance and your hair shall move
Like the tail of a running horse
Everybody shall scent your perfume
Everybody shall see the Henna sign in your hand
Because we are going to get married
We have been on an island for a day
Us and our joy
You are like a white flower
The flowery scent of a miracle
There are so many girls but I love only you
You never come late
There's a place for you in my heart
Love is in our hearts and brings us joy
The wish of my life
Let us have a beautiful marriage
And be happy for the rest of our life
Track Name: Nouba

Oh Nubia my home
The place where I was born
All our life we think of Nubia, our home
Where is our Nile gone?
Where is our good climate gone?
Where is that big river?
Where are the waterwheels?
All our life we remember
Where are our roads gone?
Where is the yellow sand gone?
Where are the sailors and their sails gone?
You Amna and you nice Sarifa
Hurry up to harvest our country
So that it may stay green
We will always remember
We will never forget
Oh Nubia my home
Where I was born.

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