Habibi Funk is the sister label of Jakarta Records, dedicated to rereleasing funk-fueled Arabic music from the 60s to 80s. From rare Tunisian disco to Sudanese jazz—Kamal Keila is part of a series on the latter. His record 'Muslims And Christians' was saved from oblivion off old moldy studio reels tucked away in Kamal Keila’s basement.
Kamal Keila is one of the key figures of the Sudanese jazz scene that was a vital part of the musical culture in Sudan from the mid-1960s until the Islamist revolution in the late 1980s.
He harmoniously incorporated Eritrean, Ethiopian, Shilluk, Dinka, South Sudan, and South Kordofan beats and melodies in his music, making his music multi-diverse and inclusive. From Ethiopian and Eritrean harmonies to Congolese-driven guitar grooves.
The politically driven lyrics on “Muslims & Christians” call for the end of the sectarianism that is the major fault line within Sudan.