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Hamza El Din

Hamza El Din is considered the father of modern Nubian music. He was born in Toshka, Nubia, Egypt. Hamza studied at King Fouad University (now the University of Cairo), then enrolled in the Popular University and at Ibrahim Shafiq's Institute of Music (Shafiq was renowned as a master of Arabian music and of the Muwashshah rhyme forms). Following graduation, he continued his studies at the King Fouad Institute for Middle Eastern Music, mastering the oud. Later, with an Italian government grant, he studied Western music and classical guitar at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Next he emigrated to the U.S., where he lived and worked as a recording and concert artist, and taught as an ethnomusicologist in several American universities, including the University of Ohio (Athens), the University of Washington (Seattle) and the University of Texas (Austin)

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Erkan Sonmez

Erkan Sönmez, musician, born in 1989. He is interested with music since he was 14. He is graduated in the department of drum from Modern Music Academy. He is also playing piano, guitar and bass guitar beside his main instrument drum. In his musical journey, which goes through from thrash metal to jazz, he had the chance to play with many bands and musicians in stage and studio both as a musician and as an arranger. Recently, he has been playing with Erdem Sökmen Quartet and also he shares the stage with Levent Yüksel and Grup Vitamin. In this period, in which everybody creates his own music and universe, he is planning to record and produce his instrumental LP which emerges without locking on the corners of genres at the end of 2018, which consist of his own compositions. He took part in big halls like Cemil Topuzlu Theatre, Bostancı Performance Hall, Zorlu PSM, also he participated in many different kind of stages and festivals


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