KHARTOUM (Sudanow) - Sudan is mourning outstanding Poet, Journalist and Diplomat Salah Ahmed Mohammad Salih who passed away in Washington last week.
The late Salih had left his thumb print in whatever occupation he had assumed. He was a shining journalist and a distinct radio and TV programme presenter with an original touch of creativity in the programs he presented. His novel and inspiring programs were coupled with an expressive voice which was described by his friend, novelist Altayeb Saleh as a “blend of the voices of Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Jalal Mu’awwad. The latter, Mu’awwad, was an established news reader and program presenter in the BBC Arabic Service.
As a diplomat, Salih had built and advanced useful relationships wherever he served his country as an ambassador, including the U.S.A, Lebanon and the Netherlands. He was one of a few ambassadors who assumed the prestigious office of Foreign Ministry Undersecretary. His skill as a diplomat had obliged successive governments to keep him in office for so long. This was, in the words of literary writer and administrator Hassan Abbashar Altayeb “because he fully mastered the diplomatic trade both inside and outside the Sudan.”
In addition to his diplomatic successes, Salih was also a creative lyric composer, producing poems performed by leading melodists and received with wide celebration from Sudanese of all ages. He had initiated the famous radio program haqeebat alfun (arts suitcase) that blew the dust off the Sudan’s heritage of songs of the 1930s-1940s. The program, still aired on the Sudan national Radio, remains as an artistic trade mark of Salih and had helped immortalize the works of the pioneers of Sudanese lyric and melody.
Salih had hailed from a family famed for creativity in poetry, the media and politics. His father Ahmed Mohammad Salih was member of the State Council (the Presidency) at Sudan’s independence in 1956 and had gone down in the history of the Sudan as the writer of the country’s national anthem.
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