By | InTheCitySudan
Goethe Institute together with Faisal Cultural Center sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, presented “Sama Music Festival” June 9-11, 2015. The word Sama symbolizes the refinement of the human spirit through music. In this project musicians created a truly spiritual event and a unique mystical atmosphere.
The festival activities were as follows: A lecture concert was held at the University of Sudan, College of Music and Drama. A Cultural forum was held at the Faisal Cultural Center and a public concert at Spark City Hall.
The festival focused on Sufi music as an authentic Sudanese expression deeply rooted in Islamic tradition. Members of the Burhaniya sufi sect and members of the infamous Igd aljalad group created a special musical evening with Fisfuz, a German instrumental trio with Turkish roots. The audience experienced an eclectic mix of musical traditions form Sudan, Turkey, North Africa and the Middle East. Goethe intends to run the festival as an annual festival consisting of: Lectures, Forums, Collaborations and Shows.
FisFuz trio have been playing together for over 20 years. The group consists of, Murat Coskun (percussions), Gurkan Balkan (Oud) and Annette Maye (Clarinet).
Murat holds a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Ethnomusicology and he is German of Turkish parents. He plays and teaches as a professional musician in the fields of World music, Jazz, and percussions.
Gurkan Balkan was born in Istanbul, born into a musical family and started playing the oud at the age of eight. He studied at the Istanbul conservatory where he studied oud, piano, guitar and composition. In 2002 he moved to Germany to study at the Stuttgat conservatory.
Annete Maye plays clarinet and soprano saxophone and she was born in Flensburg, Germany. In 1995 she Co-founded the “Ensemble Fisfuz” along with Murat. Annete played at the Khartoum International Music Festival with the German band Tabadol Orchestra.
In the spirit of removing barriers and building connections through music and art, In The City says “well done Goethe Institute Sudan”.