According to San Francisco radio producer Dore Stein, Egyptian musician Hamza El Din passed away yesterday, May 22nd. He died from complications after brain surgery at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California.
Hamza El Din was responsible for the re-introduction of the ‘ud or oud (an ancient Arab instrument that some think is the precursor of the European lute) and other melodic instruments to the music of Nubia, a land that until recently had changed little since the time of the Pharaohs.
He appeared regularly with the Kronos Quartet, which commissioned him to arrange Escalay: The Water Wheel for its chart-topping Pieces of Africa album (Elektra/Nonesuch).
Read more about his life and discography at Hamza El Din.