The Presidency of the Republic, minister of culture, minister of information, state minister of information, chairman of the Sudan radion boards, and director general of Suan radio have eulogised the late great singer Mohammed Wardi who passed away Saturday evening in Khartoum following a brief illness. Wardi used in his performs a variety of instruments including the Nubian Tanbur and sang in both Arabic and Nubian languages. He has been described as "Africa's top singer", with fans across many African countries and mainly in the Horn of Africa. His songs address topics such as romance, passion, Nubian folklore and heritage, revolution and patriotism with some of his political songs resulting in him being jailed. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of Khartoum for his continuous exposure and research of the Nubian language.
Wardi was born on the 19th of July 1932, in a small village called Swarda close to Wadi Halfa Northern Sudan. His first career was a secondary school teacher in his home twon of Wadi Halfa. In 1953, Wardi went to Khartoum for the first time to attend a convention as a teaching representative for his area. He moved to Khartoum and started his career as a musical performer. In 1957, Omdurman Radio chose him to record and sing on national broadcast in an arena with legendary singers such as Abdelaziz Mohamed Dauod, Hassan Atia, Ahmed Almustafa, Osman Hussein and Ibrahim Awad. Wardi recorded 17 songs in his first year. A committee formed by Omdurman Radio's president that included top singers and songwriters such as AlKashif, Osman Hussaein and Ahmed Almustafa promoted Wardi to highest level as a professional singer.