Asim Gorashi and Mohamed Eltayeb: Traditional Sudanese Music
Asim Gorashi holds a bachelor's degree in music composition from the University of Sudan. A multi-instrumentalist, Gorashi focuses on the oud (Arabic lute) and violin; he sings and also plays keyboards, Sudanese traditional tamboor, mandolin, and viola.
Gorashi has lived and worked in Cairo, where he played with the mysterious maverick of Egyptian jazz Fathy Salama. He has arranged Sudanese folkloric songs in 10 different languages and performed at numerous events including Khartoum International Festival, Djibouti Fest'Horn, Galaa Festival (Egypt), Mela Festival in Norway, and Woodford Folk Festival. He is regularly joined by musicians with whom he has been collaborating in Sydney for the past three years. Gorashi currently lives in Brisbane doing postgraduate research at Queensland Conservatorium.
Mohamed Eltayeb is a student at Berklee. He learned the fundamentals of piano at age of 5. His father, the legendary Sudanese musician and singer Abu Araki Albakhit, has guided him through his musical journey. At the age of 15 Eltayeb started to perform as a leading musician. He has being performing ever since, mainly with his father but also with various other artists, including his band Doash.