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When two elephants fight...

...it is the grass that suffers. On the 9 July 2012 the two youngest countries in the world celebrate their first birthdays. To mark the occasion, journalists from Sudan and South Sudan came together to report on the development of both nations in the second edition of The Niles. The proverb about the two elephants, which is popular in both countries, has become a fitting leitmotif. How much the grass actually suffers, how the elephants are affected and what that has to do with relationships between people, are all explored in the collection of stories, pictures and songs from Sudan and South Sudan.

14 The Niles | Culture

14 The Niles | Culture Alek Wek, supermodel Emmanuel Jal, musician Deng Gai, basketball player Luol Deng, basketball player Manute Bol, basketball player, † 2010 No War Heroes Helen Kila Wongo, writer A compendium of famous writers, actors, sportsmen and singers from the world’s youngest countries Mawa Fanan, singer Tayeb Saleha, novelist, † 2009 Abdelmoniem Rahma, poet Rashid Diab, painter Sudanese football team, quarter finalist Africa Cup 2012 Abubaker Kaki, athlete Ismail Ahmed Ismail, athlete Jamal Mahjoub, writer Leila Aboulela, author Alexander Siddig, actor South Sudan Theatre Company

Mohammed Wardi “Azibni” (Alrubo Remake 2012) Culture | The Niles 15 Torture me and enjoy it Torture me, make it stronger Maybe my heart will harden And like your heart has forgotten me My heart might as well forget Oh beauty Torture me and enjoy it In the colours of my pain Don’t wipe my tears Have no mercy with my youth Leave me in my pain Maybe my heart will harden And like your heart has forgotten me My heart might just harden Oh beauty Torture me and pretend you forgot What was between you and me All the years That I’ve spent Leave me in my pain Maybe my heart will harden And like your heart has forgotten me My heart might just harden Oh beauty Torture me and deny The love and the tenderness Desire and affection And all that once was there Leave me in my pain Maybe my heart will harden And like your heart has forgotten me My heart might just harden Oh beauty Steel String Guitar Bass Guitar “Talent alone is not enough to become a singer. Singers must have knowledge of their country’s cultural heritage, which is very rich in our country. Sudanese singers must be familiar with the different styles of singing in various areas like Al-Anqasna, North Kordofan, South Kordofan and Darfur, and with rhythms of Al- Shaigia, Sayra and Tum Tum. He who does not know such components is certainly ignorant of his heritage.” Mohammed Wardi Mohammed Osman Hassan Salih Wardi born in the Nubian part of north Sudan on 19 July 1932 was one of Africa’s most famous singers and songwriters. Many citizens of Sudan and South Sudan were united in grief about the passing of the singer on 18 February 2012 at the age of 79. “Azibni” was one of his greatest hits. Alrubo Alrubo, also known as Alrubo Rastaman is probably the most famous keyboard player in Sudan as well as in South Sudan. Alrubo, originally from the Nuba Mountains, lives and works in Omdurman. Track Title Azibni Remake by Alrubo & Abdelwahab Wardi Recorded in Media 1 Studio / Omdurman Download the song for free: http://www.theniles.org Song and Lyrics by Mohammed Wardi Arranged by Abdelwahab Wardi Exclusively produced for The Niles

You think of water when the well is empty...
Nobody has been sent to see...
Enter houses through their doors...
The children of the land scatter like birds escaping a burning sky...
A fool will not even find water in the Nile!
Experience is a solid walking stick...
If the evil is coming, shut the door...
Those who have no fence around their land...
It is a fool...
A river that forgets its source will eventually dry up...