Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe


Mohamed Merghani

Gohiueb Allya

Mohamed Mirghani (محمد ميرغني) was born in Omdurman, Sudan in 1945. His father, Mohamed Ben Ouf, had been a famous singer in Sudan as well.

Mirghani began his studies at the Sheikh Amin school, which next to the National Cinema in Khartoum. He completed his education at the Babiker Badri School, where he taught until his retirement in 2008.

Mirghani recorded his first song in 1965 for Sudan Radio. He would go one to record over 200 songs by many famous Sudanese writers. This song, which translates as “You Are Hidden From Me”, was written by Al Sardoleeb and the music was written by Hassan Babaker.

If anyone has any information on the Musphone label – or any other releases on that label – please contact me or leave a comment.

Many thanks to Hany Zaki and Hisham Mayet for the translation.

Catalog number 5577 on Munsphone of Khartoum, Sudan. No further information available.

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Munsiphone was a Sudanese record label owned by Mohammed Ali Saad and his son, Mansour. They made music for most Sudanese pop singers of the early 60’s and Egyptian ones as well (Mohammed Wardi, Abu-Arky Al-Bakhiet, Khedr Bashir, Ibrahim Awwad, Salah Ibn-Albadyah, Al-Balabil, Mohammed Al-Amin etc… right to Umm-Kalthoum). Their recording engineer was a British gentleman called Andre Ryder. The label started issuing Compact Cassettes in the mid-70’s (Mohammed Al-Amin was I guess, their first induction of this technology), but sadly, the engineering mastery was low, and the quality of instrumentation was below par.
Other famous Sudanese record labels of the same time were Sudaniphone (owned by Hassan Mustapha Saleh), and Fonograph Dimitri Al-Bazar.

H.H.

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Update:
-The founder’s son Mr. Mansour is said to be a shiek, or hajji Mansour nowadays, and has released some religious songs, and madayeh (adulatory music for the Prophet).
-Some of the early Munsiphone records (long-players, and EPs) came coloured as one collector told me, in red, yellow, green, and blue vinyl. Dunno if this is true as I haven’t seen a single one so far. The early vinyls were all black, and only those well-to-do were able to buy it back in 70’s Sudan.

Dig.

H.H.

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