Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Nubian Americans Revive Songs of Return

                    - Credit: Mosno Elmoseeki

The area of Northern Sudan and Southern Egypt is the land of the Nubians – an ancient people that go as far back as the 8th century BC Kingdom of Kush. They built a flourishing civilization along the Nile.

With the 1970 building of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt came the flooding of the Nubian villages to the north and south, and an exodus of refugees poured into both countries.

Today, many of the sons, daughters and grandchildren of that displaced generation form a diaspora scattered around the world. And some have continued to tell their story through poetry, song and music in a Nubian arts revival of sorts right here in the United States.

(In the photo above is one of these artists, Mosno Elmoseeki, out of Baltimore. )