During some days Jiwar will embrace Abazar Hamid in the framework of a first collaboration with PEN Català. That way, PEN wanted to invite to our city a writer at risk already embraced in another european city, make him known for the local audience and extend that way PEN’s task around the world supporting the writers in danger.

Jiwar starts this collaboration with enthusiasm and really willing to work more and more in this line of collaboration.

Who is Abazar Hamid?



Abazar A. Bagi Hamid grew up in the cultural belt between Sudan and the Gulf, and his music is both rooted in traditional Sudanese and African music characteristic of the Gulf area, and heavily inspired by reggae and Afro-Latin music. Abazar Hamid’s songs dare subjects ranging from peace, friendship and unity to genocide, the loss of loved ones and songs of lament over entire towns wrecked by the Sudanese government.

Abazar Hamid started singing for peace in Sudan at an early age, and formed his first band, “Balsam”, at university. In 1997, he became well-known at regional level when he joined “IGD ELGLAD”, and in 2005, he quit his job as an architect to start his solo career, launching the project “Rainbow Songs”. The project brought together musicians from across Sudan, aiming to slip lyrics about Human Rights and dignity past the music monitoring committee.

In 2006 he worked with various organizations training traditional Arab Hakama singers – colloquially called Janjaweed singers – in Darfur. The idea behind the project was to convince the Hakama singers to rather take a more active part in the peace movement.

Abazar Hamid released his first solo album, “Sabahak Rabah” (“Good Morning Home”) in 2007 but experienced increasing censorship in his home country. Songs dealing with social and political issues riding Sudan were especially scrutinized, and after severe censorship and verbal threats, Abazar chose exile and moved to Cairo in 2008.

In 2009 he established the project “democratizing music” in collaboration with other Sudanese and Egyptian musicians, as a forum to share resources rather than fighting each other. The project yielded several events and performances, and his song “Peace to Darfur” which had previously been censored in Sudan, was included and released as part of the “Listen to the Banned” CD.

Abazar A. Bagi Hamid arrived in Harstad on 10 December 2014 as the first ICORN musician to be hosted by the city.

Related links:

– Abazar Hamid: Freemuse and Deeyah present “Listen to the Banned”



– Abazar Hamid and Khalid Hararah: “Peace Needs Time – When Music Gets Dangerous”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjJNlOnXsGM


– Article at Freemuse about Abazar Hamid’s task with the Hate singers of Sudan: http://freemuse.org/archives/5708




Peace to Darfur



Darfur, peace will come

Peace and justice come by
Any victim deserves justice
Justice and lasting peace

Peace will come to Darfur

The people sitting on the ground for dialogue
Any offender will not escape his crime
And pardon find good many of God

With this comes the Darfur peace

And people return to their loved ones
In Hwakirhm and villages
The villages burned
will be constructed by Darfur peace


© Abazar Hamid







For listenning to “Salaam Darfur”: https://youtu.be/WxtCNPxh98o?t=33s