Bashir Al Gamar
Bashir Al Gamar was born in Sudan, he came to England in 1993, after being imprisoned for his poem 'Patience on a beach' Since then he has lived in Brighton.
Bashir is a poet, songwriter and composer, since 1991 he has written and composed more than 40 poems and songs, mainly in Arabic. Most of them are well known in his home country, Sudan. Some of his songs have been recorded by Sudanese National TV and radio. At present he is working on a new collection of poetry called 'Rhythm and Resonance' He is also planning to perform his poetry in several countries with a Sudanese singer.
Bashir has taken part in several art exhibitions and poetry readings in the UK, in Cardiff, London, Liverpool and Bristol. He is a well known proponent of the Oud.
His poetry and music mainly deal with his homeland, exile, human suffering and love. He writes in either classical Arabic, or in Sudanese local dialect. The words contain many emotions, images and metaphors and are written in a musical rhythmic language.
Large parts of Sudan are badly affected by the war, with many people living in poverty.
Bashir now uses his music to help support the village where he grew up. He has helped buy materials for the local school and repaired the village grain stores. He is currently saving for a much-needed electricity generator for the village. All sales from his music (both online and concerts) will go directly to the village fund. Thank you for your support.
Documentary featuring Bashir and his music.
Images from the village in Sudan