Six years after his death, youth idol Mahmoud Abdelaziz remains an influential symbol of a very different Sudan

When Mahmoud Abdelaziz, one of Sudan’s most popular singers, died in Amman in January 2013, his fans mobbed the runway of Khartoum airport as his body was flown home, forcing the cancellation of flights.

Others poured out on to the city’s streets, forming one of the biggest crowds witnessed in Sudan’s recent history.

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