It’s a scene that helps to capture the jubilant nature of Sudan’s protest movement.
The sky is dark, and throngs of civilians are circled around a Sudanese soldier, dressed in military uniform, as he blares his heart out on a saxophone. One spectator, dancing to the music, happily wraps the country’s flag around the soldier’s shoulders.
The moment was captured on video and made the rounds on social media this week, after months of popular protests pressured the Sudanese military to oust longtime President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who had ruled the country with an iron fist for 30 years.
“I think the symbolism wasn’t as much in the music being played since music is a part of daily life, but in music being played by a soldier,” said Mohamed Satti, a Sudanese assistant professor of media and communication at the American University of Kuwait.
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