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Cairo's Nubians embrace their heritage through traditional music.

By Rachel Aspden  

In a small room off an alley in downtown Cairo, a group of men in the white robes and turbans of Upper Egypt, and a woman in a glittering gold-edged gown, sway to the intricate rhythm of four goatskin hand drums. Outside the building, the sounds of car horns, street vendors and amplified Quranic recitation mingle in Cairo’s usual urban cacophony. But the musicians’ voices…

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