The Fugitives

The Fugitives

THE KAMANGA KINGS, a Khartoum jazz band of yesteryear, is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime when a letter arrives inviting them to perform in Washington, D.C.

The only problem is . . . the band no longer exists.

Rushdy, a disaffected secondary school teacher and the son of one of the founders of the band, is determined to get away from his boring life. Together with his best friend Hisham he sets out to revive the band. All too soon the unlikely group is on its way, knowing the eyes of the world are on them.

As the group moves from the familiarity of Khartoum to the chaos of Donald Trump’s America, the author weaves a humorous and timely universal tale of music, belonging and love.



‘A travelogue and memoir to rank alongside anything by Chatwin or Thubron’
Jim Crace

‘A most absorbing and rewarding book’
Michael Palin



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