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ElDin, Hamza
One of the first African musicians to gain widespread international recognition, Hamza El Din is a Sudanese master of the oud, or the fretless lute. Western listeners are as likely as not to have been exposed to his work via the Grateful Dead, who have played with him on stage occasionally. He has played an integral role in modernizing Nubian music, using his work to both evoke and tell stories of Nubian life.