Otaak Band
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"Bejawiya" - 2012/No label

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Otaak Band was founded in 2009 when Miguel Merino, who had recently moved to Cairo, met Ahmed Said Abuamna and began studying the ancient East African lyre called the masankop with him. Abuamna, an ethnic Beja, is from Eastern Sudan, and a master of the instrument. Merino spent over two years learning the masankop and writing songs with it, and finally in the summer of 2011 invited Abuamna, who had been living in the Sudan, back to Cairo to record a full album of masankop music. This album, "Bejawiya," was released in April 2012 in Cairo and Otaak Band, in its full formation, performed extensively in Cairo in support of it. Now Abuamna is back in Sudan and Merino in the United States to look for further support for Otaak Band to bring it to an international audience.