Hamza El Din
Hamza El Din - One of the first African musicians to gain widespread international recognition, Hamza El Din (1929-2006) is considered the father of modern Nubian music. Emigrating to the United States in the early 1960's, he was first welcomed by American audiences at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival. He performed worldwide, composed and recorded albums, film soundtracks, and music for live theatre and dance. He taught in Japan, Europe and the U.S., continually composed and recorded and maintained an active concert schedule. El Din performed with the Kronos Quartet, the Grateful Dead, the Paris Opera Ballet, and at major festivals including Woodstock, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Montreux and Luxor.