Monday, October 16, 2006

The Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

'There is a Sudanese culture'

In the face of Sudan's long conflict between the supposedly Arabic north and African south, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi's poetry blends influences from both. Richard Lea meets him

The Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi is worried about the direction our conversation is taking. He shakes his head and speaks to our interpreter. "It's heading too much towards the political side and I'm not really an expert," he says. "The cultural side is a lot more important."

He's trying to explain how his generation of poets in Sudan have grappled with the country's dual identity - its unique position as part of the Arab world and part of Africa. He's at the centre of a web of multiple identities, a complexity he feels is never reflected whenever Sudan's troubled political situation is discussed. more...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, sure -- there's a Sudanese culture and it is a multi Afro-Arabic culture. This culture is not disturbed by Al-Bashir's dictatorial regime only, but it's targeted by those multi religious-militants since dictator Al-Numeri.

Just take the name of Sadiq Al-Raddi. It's Arabic and Muslim name. And that's where the Arabic and Islamic and African culture is amalgamated in a real Sudanese.

Naturally, the race is living in peace in Sudan. Nevertheless the bad winds blew with those Turabi's so called Islamists, which we have never heard of them in all history of the Earth. The Devil was unfolded by them and the Sudan starts bleeding.

Khalid Osman
Sudanese Journalist

8:54 AM  

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