Setona (ستونة) was born in Khartoum into a family coming from the Sudanese province of Kordofan.

Starting a career as professional singer and musician was a challenge for Setona as a young woman even though one of her uncles was the founder of a so called “jazz band” in the fifties. But acting as a female musician in the public has never lost its connotation of indecency in Sudanesean society. Setona lived with her family in the Sudanese capital Khartoum in a quarter inhabitating people from different Central African countries as Nigeria, Zaire, Ethiopia and people from the southern parts of Sudan.

Together with her husband Ahmed, who has been working as a teacher and collecting music all over the vast country, she draws from a broad spectrum of African rhythms and melodies.
In her music Setona combines with ease influences of all those peoples living alongside the tarig as-sudan as an unique crossroad of cultures. One will find musical influences from areas being as too dispersed as East Africa (Taraab), Zaire (Soukous), Ghana (Highlife), Nigeria (JuJu, Fuji) and Sierra Leone (Palmwine music) and furthermore Uganda, Ethiopia, Tchad, Senegal, Nubia, Egypt and and and … - apparently pan African music and truely Sudanese at the same time.

Setona Discography Tracks


Setona - [Tariq Sudan] African Crossroads album art Setona [Tariq Sudan] African Crossroads (Album) Blue Flame Germany 1997 Sell This Version
398 50492 Setona - Queen Of Henna album art Setona featuring Said Ahmed* Setona featuring Said Ahmed* - Queen Of Henna(CD, Album) Blue Flame 398 50492 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
none Setona - باركولي album art ستونة المجروش* باركولي(Cass) نجمة العتبة none Egypt Unknown Sell This Version


398 50822 Setona - Live album art Setona & African Crossroads Setona & African Crossroads - Live(CD, Comp) Blue Flame 398 50822 Germany 2005 Sell This Version


398 50495 Setona - The Queen Of Henna album art Setona The Queen Of Henna(CD, Enh, Promo) Blue Flame 398 50495 Europe 2000 Sell This Version


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August 27, 2013
The Queen Of Henna (CD Plus, Card Sleeve, Promo, Blue Flame records 398 50495 - rel. 2000)