Sudan's Noori & His Dorpa Band performed live at Le Guess Who? 2022, presented in collaboration with Ostinato Records. Below, you can relive the performance with our video of a part of the concert, as well as the audio of the full show, with a spirited introduction by Ostinato's Vik Sohonie before the band came on stage.
Additionally, here you can read an interview by Pan African Music with the artist conducted at the festival.
Noori's musical journey began far before Ostinato Records scouted his mysterious band in late 2021. In the nineties, the then eighteen-year-old came across a guitar neck in Port Sudan. Forging it with the vintage tambour his father had gifted him, he created the electrified tambo-guitar. Ever since, Noori has used his creation to uplift the ever-resilient Beja community, whose long history is rife with oppression from the Sudanese government. Their album 'Beja Power!' is the Beja people's first international musical encounter, and, with Ostinato Records, Noori & His Dorpa Band have created a moving, necessary archive of the radiance in resistance.
Le Guess Who? Recordings
The publication of this recording is part of Le Guess Who?’s ongoing expansion of the festival’s recordings archive, with 80+ recordings from past editions now freely available online. It contains audio and/or video recordings of Estrella Morente & Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, clipping., Asher Gamedze, The Brother Moves On, Arooj Aftab, OSEES, Mazaher, Suuns, Alabaster dePlume, The Microphones, Eddie Chacon, Aldous Harding, Deerhunter, Makaya McCraven, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Neneh Cherry, Mount Eerie, Selda Bağcan and many more.
Captured at TivoliVredenburg’s Grote Zaal on Thursday, 10 November during Le Guess Who? 2022.
Noori & His Dorpa Band:
Noori - Guitar-Tambour
Tariq - Rhythm Guitar
Gaido - Bass Guitar
Naji - Tenor Sax
Fox - Congas
Samir - Bongos
Direction: Dammes Kieft
Camera: Anaïs Saebu, Jonathan Sipkema, Nicky Pajkić, Rikash Gobardhan, Yuma Eekman, Dammes Kieft
Production: Claudia Rison, Studio Dammes
Coordination: Barry Spooren
Montage: Dammes Kieft
Sound recording: Marc Broer
Photography: Jelmer de Haas