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Sudan mourns musical legend Mohamed Wardi


February 19, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Tens of thousands of Sudanese citizens, including President Omer Al-Bashir attended the burial ceremony of iconic singer Mohamed Wardi who passed away on Saturday night after a long struggle with kidney complications.

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Thousands of Sudanese mourners attended the burial of the country’s lead singer Mohamed Wardi on Sunday, 19 February 2012 (Al-Shorog TV)

Sudan’s most famous singer died at the age of 83 in a Khartoum hospital, Sudan’s official news agency SUNA announced in a somber statement on Saturday.

He was buried on Sunday at Al-Farouq cemetery in Khartoum where tens of thousands of peoples, including President Al-Bashir, gathered to pay their respects.

Wardi left Sudan into self-imposed exile after Al-Bashir seized power in a military coup in 1989. He returned in 2002 to a popular reception and vowed to oppose dictatorship.

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Iconic singer Mohamed Wardi died at 83 on 11 February 2012 (AFP)

“I am a human being, and every human being is against dictatorship and I will continue to denounce it,” he said in an interview with AFP in June 2002.

Wardi left a legacy of patriotic songs about freedom and revolutions. He sang in Arabic as well as in his Nubian dialect


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  • 20 February 2012 11:11, by omoni jr.

    R.I.P in peace bro,God bless you.

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    • 20 February 2012 11:24, by Xeno

      R.I.P M. Wardi. You have your place amongst the sudanese heros. Still remembered you at time when followed your people to the wilderness of Ethiopia and sung for them at Pinyudo and Itang camps...!

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      • 21 February 2012 06:45, by john agoet

        To Sudanese people north and south

        to every Sudanese in wide-ranging and in particularly to our marginalises people of Sudan I would like to pass my condolence for the death of our father in music and a brother in struggle the Sudanese singer Mohammed Osman Wardi, who popularized the music of his native Nubia, died Saturday at the age of 80. Wardi, who hailed from Sudan’s northern region of Nubi

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        • 21 February 2012 06:47, by john agoet

          died Saturday at the age of 80. Wardi, who hailed from Sudan’s northern region of Nubia, played traditional instruments such as the stringed “oud” and the” tambour drums” but also sang to more modern instrumental arrangements. He is credited with pioneering a focus on the musical accompaniment of his pieces, as opposed to earlier generations of singers who concentrated on vocals and lyrics.

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          • 21 February 2012 06:48, by john agoet

            His repertoire included love songs as well as more politicized pieces favoring Sudanese independence and later uprisings against military regimes in 1964 and 1986. He was associated with Sudan’s political left including the SPLM/A. He went into exile following the 1983 imposition of Islamic law codes by then-President Gaafar Numeiri. he returned to Sudan recently, he was very sick and can’t stand

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            • 21 February 2012 06:50, by john agoet

              living in exile he decide to die home while still keeping his distance from the government. Wardi is the speaker of marginalizes people he believed in change to new Sudan, he believed that Sudan of equality where people be freed with prosperity and dignity. This is Mohammed Osman Wardi his death is tragedy for all of us in both part of Sudan , his songs are legacy and The legacies can’t die

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              • 21 February 2012 06:52, by john agoet

                he die today but his soul remains with us I am a southerner but at the end we gather the same blood and land of Sudanese the land of kosh. he try very hard to say that Sudan is for Sudanese regardless of being a Nuba – Dinka- Shigi – Mahasi, we all born equal, his songs are the legacy of new Sudan the legacy of the SPLM/A. the freedom started from the south and on his way to the north

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                • 21 February 2012 06:53, by john agoet

                  he die today but his soul remains with us I am a southerner but at the end we gather the same blood and land of Sudanese the land of kosh. he try very hard to say that Sudan is for Sudanese regardless of being a Nuba – Dinka- Shigi – Mahasi, we all born equal, his songs are the legacy of new Sudan the legacy of the SPLM/A.

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                  • 21 February 2012 07:08, by john agoet

                    the freedom started from the south on his way to the north, his songs are songs of freedom one day new Sudan will be born, his dream stay put a reality, since Arman –Agar-Adem- Nour are on stage singing his songs. We will never stop singing until the day of freedom..May God rest him in peace..... Let all sing his revolutionary song....(ya- shab- lahabek- thowreetak)

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    • 20 February 2012 15:13, by Robot

      R.I.P Wardi,
      You were a singing melody, when i heard about your death is when i was praising your songs, it was hard to swallow, you were real sensation to all Sudanese. your songs will go on an on and on and............

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  • 20 February 2012 11:57, by Padiet Deng Alony

    R.I.P we do remember you when you visit us in Itang one Ethiopia and your Revoulationary song you sang by then Sowra Sowra.

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    • 20 February 2012 12:49, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      All of you are idiot & foolish,
      Do you know that the so called Wardi was fake arab eventhought he is ornginally from African/Nubain,

      maybe some of you idiot don’t understand Arabic that is why you think he is loved by all Sudanese people,
      shame on you non known history boys,

      death to wardi,

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      • 20 February 2012 13:00, by SSLA/M Supporter

        May almighty God rest the soul of our iconic Sudanese musician and legend Mohammed Wardi in peace and accommodate him in the paradise with the righteous and comfort his loved ones and fans here on earth amen! Mohammed was and will remain my favourite singer, one very song I like best from his all beautiful love songs is ya nasina ya mejapina!! we will always miss him!

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        • 20 February 2012 13:31, by SSLA/M Supporter

          Dinka Dominated SPLA/M thieves!!

          Please I beg you to respect the feelings of others! please learn more about historical background of RIP Mohammed Wardi before you post your senseless comment on him in his mourning day! I don’t understand which part of SPLA/M do you come from if you don’t even know that the Rest In Pease Mohammed Wardi was a big supporter of SPLA/M during the Sudanese civi war...

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          • 20 February 2012 13:40, by SSLA/M Supporter

            and that he disapproved the introduction of 1983 Islamic laws by Jaffer Numeri and Hassan al Turabi! He was not a fan of the current government neither. His popular revolutionary songs used to be played in SPLA’s radio during 1980s!! man! clean your heart from unnecessary hatred before you commit suicide!! your comment is shocking indeed and it doesn’t represent views of our great people of RSS!

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          • 21 February 2012 02:06, by Elijah B. Elkan

            Mr. SSLA/M Supporter,

            Mr. Dinka Dominated SPLA/M is entitle to his opinion. Many southerns don’t known Mr. Wardi. If he’s your icon then, expect southerns not to respect him because he’s on the wrong of the war. You however, should respect southerns if you want other to respect your icon(s). You use profanity on southerns every opportunity you get. What goes around comes around!-dead or alive.

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            • 21 February 2012 14:45, by SSLA/M Supporter

              E B Elkan

              well, if you believe in the fact that everyone is entitled to an opinion then why are you blaming Xino and Omoni for their comments on DD SPLA/M? don’t you think that is hypocrite from you?? only kids who were born in 1980s like you don’t know RIP mohammed Wardi’s great contribution to SPLA/M! learn more about him please! I am from RSS like you but I don’t hate people for no good reason

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      • 20 February 2012 13:05, by Xeno

        Dinka Dominated shit,

        Am a Dinka by tribe and I never found yet an inane psyco like you.

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        • 21 February 2012 02:31, by Elijah B. Elkan

          Mr. Xeno, Omoni,

          Your language of profanity makes you equal to Dinka Dominated SPLA/M. Buy dignify his comments he reduced you 2 to his level and you accomplish absolutely nothing?. Does it make you all feel good to insult. You’re all introduced yourselves to insignificance?. Think twice be get so emotional and write stupids things you might regrets later.

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      • 20 February 2012 22:54, by omoni jr.

        why don’t you quit drinking alcohol?? Dinka dominated shit.
        you are mother fucker,you need to respect dead people,one day and one time you will die,whether you like it or not.
        Death to you mother fucker.

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      • 21 February 2012 00:12, by bior angeth

        Hi, do not be happy for the death of Wardi. His death will not add any good to you. Please do not insult those who were boys by that time. They are just saying what happened in their lives. And remember their were many people who knew Arabic, if he was a threat, he would not be allowed to mingle with the boys as he did.

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  • 20 February 2012 12:50, by Anynya One

    All Nubian indigenous people stands for Freedom and Self-determinations. We need to help the People of Nubia overcome starvation and attain peace. R.I.P Wardi

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  • 20 February 2012 13:40, by Loko El Pollo

    God will reward you for the joy you delivered to your people with your harmonic sounds and words of endearment.rest in peace our legend,your life was a gift to us.

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  • 20 February 2012 15:59, by acuil deng

    Undoubtedly, Wardi will always be rememberd by so many people as a man who stood up against all dictators in Sudan including the current president. He sang for freedom and equality and he was every tyrant’s worst nightmare, R.I.P my friend.

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  • 20 February 2012 19:48, by Thyinka

    R.I.P Mohamed Wardi. Your songs inspired generations of Sudanese and beyond regardless of creed,political affiliation or colour.

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  • 20 February 2012 20:21, by morogot batal


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    • 20 February 2012 22:25, by Marolditapei


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      • 20 February 2012 23:21, by Kurnyel

        Yah let him go, he is an Arab to, this is a lesion to South Sudanese musicians like John Kudusa and Gordon Kong plus the rest when they died they will be remembered this way.

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  • 21 February 2012 03:46, by Doot

    R.I.P Wardi! you will be dearly missed by this generation!

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  • 21 February 2012 04:18, by ABDALLA BIN ABDALLA

    I convey my condolences to all sudanese and family of Mohamed Wardi For the tragic death that tormented and coused death to him. May Allah rest him in peace. Mohamed Wardi was Funny, Musician, Teacher, Human right activist and Patriots. I can remember Wardi visited SPLA/SPLM Refugee camps in Ethiopia. This indicated that Wardi was a unionist. He love all sudanese regardless of their ethnicity.

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  • 21 February 2012 05:31, by Waucity

    We will always miss you Wardi, you were the must elegance singer in the world....Rest in peace...To those who are so weak to insult a dead person..Shame on you, you can not do this..Wardi never insulted anybody in his songs, please do not insult him..But I’m grateful to God that he let wardi live for 80 years with us.

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  • 21 February 2012 06:11, by George Bol

    May God rest the soul of Mohamed Wardi in peace. I met Wardi in Ethiopia in 1989 and he was brilliant human character. We welcome him and no any one of us was against him. No one at all to think about assassinating him for him being Northerner. I am glad for the great songs he composes. Let say thanks to our Nubian brother"Wardi" for him being an ICON.

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  • 23 February 2012 01:10, by panom lualbil

    Our lord JESUS CHRIST wIll bless You in heaven there brother MOHAMMED WARDI. And we will always remember you in songs from generation to generation.

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