In December 2018, thousands of protestors took to the streets of Sudan calling for change and the end to former President Omar Al Bashir’s 30 year military dictatorship. With prices of basic commodities such as bread and fuel skyrocketing, thousands of citizens united against the regime on the streets of Sudan. Eventually, taking a stand in front of the Sudanese Armed Forces headquarters in a mass sit-in on April 6th 2019. This weakened President Omar Al Bashir, who was overthrown in a military coup on April 11th, 2019.
Inspired by the events of the Sudan uprising and shared in solidarity with the revolution, Sudanese artist and producer Sammany Hajo, currently based in Qatar, uploaded ‘Matalib’ – with the four lines of the hook from a poem by revolutionary poet Omer Mustafa Abu Minna, and a title that translates to “demands” – on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Having touched many hearts across the world, Hajo launched the #matalibchallenge, an initiative encouraging Sudanese artists around the world to share their own versions of the powerful song. Today, Sammany Hajo brings ‘Matalib’ to COLORS – the newer version of the single addresses the ‘Mattar Blue’ movement which began after the death of 26-year-old Mohamed Hashim Mattar on June 3rd. – Colors