Au Revoir, Mogadishu!

26/08/2015Songs From Pre-War Somalia

While browsing Okayafrica’s latest recommendations we came across a rare gem from pre-war 70's and 80's Somalia: Entitled “Au Revoir, Mogadishu Volume 1 - Songs From Before The War” this tape, compiled by Berlin-based cassette label Caykh Recordings and Jakarta Records blends “traditional Somali folk music, infused with Western funk, rock and reggae” as well as a pinch of “Indian, Arabic and African” flavours. The mix includes selections from acts such as the Dur Dur Band, Waaberi, Qadiijo Qalanjo. Head over to SoundCloud for a free download of Side A or grab the entire cassette release from the friendly people over at Staalplaat. Highly recommended!

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom