Rasha ha puesto el alma y ha trabajado duro para dar un aire equilibrado a Sudaniyat. Algunos temas están arreglados de forma espléndida, dándoles un aire contemporáneo que no olvida el pasado; otros en cambio, mantienen su forma original, con poca instrumentación. Pero cuentan siempre con una brillante carga melódica y melancólica que demuestran el talento escondido de Rasha, que no tardará en explotar”.
The moment that sax blows you know you are in for a treat, and when you hear Rasha´s silky voice (Billie Holiday´s vulnerable delicacy wih Cassandra Wilson´s soulful warmth) you want to hear it again and again. Rasha a young Sudanese woman who lives in Spain, captivated international audiences with her 1998 debut, Sudaniyat, in which her gorgeous voice graced an artful blend of traditional Sudanese music, jazz and reggae.
Absolutely gorgeous and hard to prise out of the CD player.
Divine love can sound like a private rendezvous on Sudaniyat, the debut album by Rasha, a singer from Sudan. She has a gentle, supple, somber voice, with touches of smoke and silk. On Sudaniyat she gives it plenty of room, often singing with the minimal counterpoint of an oud, a drumbeat, or perhaps a saxophone; she sings one lullaby unaccompanied. Rasha draws on traditional songs, with their awe-struck poetry translated in the liner notes; they address earthly lovers and Allah’s messengers. Most of them are influenced by Arabic and North African music, with Rasha’s voice answered by oud and violin; she also tries understated hybrids with reggae and bossa nova. In every setting, she radiates a thoughtful tenderness”.
New York Times