Rasha's voice, just barely adorned and resolutely cool, glides easily from setting to setting on her debut, transcending time and language with its instant charm. This young Sudanese singer, one of 18 siblings, is based in Madrid, where she's been taken under the wing of the extraordinary world music producer Manuel Dominguez. The musicians on SUDANIYAT are a mixed group of Spaniards and Africans (including Rasha's brother Wafir Shaik el Din, Radio Tarifa's percussionist), and are uniformly superb. Rasha set out to present a panoramic view of Sudanese music, from Afro-reggae and Nubian songs to Egyptian-influenced string numbers reminiscent of Cairo film orchestras. There's also a Sufi devotional number that might shock the ruling fundamentalists back in Sudan, where the government has banned women from singing unorthodox styles. Beyond the history and culture, it's the feel of SUDANIYAT that's sublime: the graceful Latin swing of "Azara Al Hay," the understated reggae chuk of "Salib Fuadi," and on "Hadada," the way a babble of voices is hushed to silence by Rasha's a cappella lullaby. Listen close.