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Al-Sir Ga’dor, Sudanese media giant, dies at 88

The well-known Sudanese poet and media personality, Al-Sir Ahmed Ga’dor, passed away Wednesday night at the age of 88.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

Ga’dor took his last breath in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Wednesday night.

The poet, actor, and presenter of what is arguably Sudan’s most famous TV program “Aghani wou Aghani”,  Al-Sir Ahmed Ga’dor, had suffered a long battle with illness. He was 88 years old.

Many rumors about Ga’dor’s death had emerged, the last one being about a month ago, concerning his health having deteriorated extensively, before his family came out and publicly denied it.

Ga’dor’s family explained in a press circular that he had suffered only from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

The late Ga’dor however had earlier abstained from presenting this year’s version of “Aghani wou Aghani“, which is broadcast every Ramadan on the Blue Nile TV channel, due to his illness.

Glimpses into Ga’dor’s life

The late Al-Sir Ahmed Ali Muhammad Al-Hafiz was born in 1934 in the village of Al-Jabrab south of the city of Damer, the capital of River Nile State, northern Sudan.

His father was Ahmed Kaddour, a madih performer and singer who was active in the thirties. His mother was Zainab Babiker Shukhaib, nicknamed Bit Al Baraka.

Radio

In 1972, the late became one of the cornerstones of the Radio in Sudan, where he acted in, wrote, and presented cultural programs.

At the time, he was assigned reviewing and arranging Sudanese songs, and listing down the names of more than two thousand poets and composers.

Among the most famous of radio dramas he had wrote were “A Marriage in the Village” in 1954, And “The Diaries of Shaban al-Akol” in 1958 AD, and “Ahl al Aquf fi Raha” in 1959.

Ga’dor wrote a number of plays, the most famous of which were “The Nail” and “The Man Who Laughs.”

He participated in acting in a number of works, including some works of the internationally renowned novelist Al-Tayeb Saleh which were made into films, such as “The Desired” and “The Wedding of Al-Zein”.

He starred in three radio dramas that were shown during three successive Ramadans, namely “The Cut Tongue ” (1960), “The Slanted Wall” (1961), and “The Canteens” (1962).

Poetry

In the field of poetry and literature, Al-Sir Ga’dor wrote a number of poems, including more than twenty co-written with late artist Ibrahim Al-Kashef. He also contributed to hit songs by Al-Aqib Muhammad Al-Hassan, Mona Al-Khair, Salah Al-Badia, Kamal Tarbas, Ahmed Al-Jabri, and Mohamed Mirghani.

Authors

The late poet also wrote a number of books on Sudanese art and music, including: “The Book of Sudanese Art in Fifty Years, from 1908 to 1959”, “The Haqeeba Book of Poets and Artists”, ”Ahmed Al-Mustafa: Artist of the Age”, “Al-Kashef: The Father of Art” and many more.

Harassment

Al-Sir left Sudan in 1974, choosing to relocate to Cairo as a result of harassment faced during the time of former President Jaafar Nimeiri, who had had him arrested more than once.

He then decided on settling in Egypt with his wife and daughters Nabila, Amal, Zainab and Soraya.

In 2000, he returned to Sudan, accompanying the late National Umma Party leader Imam al-Sadiq al-Mahdi on his private plane.

Aghani Wou Aghani

It seemed Ga’dor had set his mind on resettling back in Sudan in 2006, the year which he began recording the famous “Aghani wou Aghani” TV program that broadcasts every Ramadan, but instead kept moving between Khartoum and Cairo.

Unfortunately, last year’s edition of the popular Ramadan show was his last, after having announced he wouldn’t be hosting this year’s edition before his passing.

Journalist and art critic Musab Al-Sawi was then assigned as the late Sudanese media giant’s replacement on the show.

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