When Omar al-Bashir was ousted from the Sudanese presidency in April of 2019, there was an explosion of new culture in Sudan. In a country under strict Islamic law, suddenly, graffiti appeared on walls. Music of all kinds blasted from speakers. Men and women commingled openly at a protest camp in front of military headquarters. Standing as a stark example of these post-military crackdown changes is Capital FM — a popular music radio station that was at the center of the spring's cultural revolution. "It was just so beautiful, and we were just so proud that we're soulful," Ahmad Hikmat, Capital FM's content director, says as he recalls the creativity that Capital exuded. "You'd wake up in the morning, and you'd hear a song on Capital Radio was D'Angelo....
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Once A Symbol Of Freedom, Sudan's Pop Radio Station Has Fallen Almost Silent