The art of Hamza El Din is a lot like that of an inverted Nusrat Fateh Al Khan. Whereas the qawwal explodes and spirals out in orgiastic exuberance, the Nubian oudist focuses, gathers power, moves ever deeper inside; one throws his soul open to Allah, the other invites Him in and patiently awaits. They both get there -- and take us with them. Born in Sudan, El Din was one of the first African musicians to become known in the U.S.; the legendary virtuoso was heard at Newport in 1964 and at Woodstock in 1969, and he later hooked up with the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart. LILY OF THE NILE presents the Nubian master in all his unadorned intensity, singing his moody, often dirgelike epic songs to his own accompaniment on oud and tar, a tambourine-like drum with origins in Pharaonic Egypt.
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