Sudanese singer Shaden Hussein killed at her home amid violent clashes in the country

Eslam Omar , Sunday 14 May 2023

Popular Sudanese singer and activist Shaden Mohamed Hussein Grdood was killed on Saturday near Khartoum, as bloody clashes continued to wrack Sudan’s capital city.

Shaden Hussein


Friends and family of the artist indicate that she was killed at her home in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman.

However, the exact circumstances of her death remain unknown with different sources offering conflicting reports over how she was killed.

Thousands of commentators have mourned her death, including well known artists like singer Atif Anees and poet Madani El-Nekhly, who have also called for an end to the war.

Shaden Hussein is one of over 750 people who have been killed since clashes erupted in mid-April between Armed Forces of Chief Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan and his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Before her death, Shaden Hussein wrote and made videos against the war. Her last post on social media was made just hours before her death in which she urged the Sudanese people to document the war through writing.

“By Love, I Knew God”

From Kordofan of El-Obeid city, Shaden Hussein initially studied economics and administrative sciences before studying African music and rhythms.

Through her projects she adopted the cause of preserving the local heritage and spreading it internationally. Shaden Hussein had a successful music career, embracing traditional Sudanese with lyrics that celebrated love and peace.

She was a proud participant in the Sudanese Revolution of 2018-2019 and an active commentator on the various events during the so-called “transitional period” afterwards.

She thought that the artist’s main purpose is to foster change for the better in society.

On her Facebook bio, Shaden Grdood wrote in Arabic; “By love, I reached my soul, and by love I knew God. Thank you, Allah, for contentment and love.”

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