V/A, Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa  
V/A
Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa
USA 2xLP 
Label: Ostinato
Release Year: 2017
Style: Latin & Brasil & Afro
 
  Tracks  
  –Nimco Jamaac Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains)
–Aamina Camaari Rag Waa Nacab Iyo Nasteexo (Men Are Cruel & Kind)
–Ali Nuur* Unknown
–Hibo Nuura Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay (If The Artist Let's You Down)
–Gacaltooyo Band Ninkaan Ogayn (He Who Does Not Know)
–Iftiin Band Xuduud Ma Leh Xubigaan (This Love Has No Boundaries)
–Xasan Diiriye Qaraami (Love)
–Dur-Dur Band Gorof (Elixir)
–Sharaf Band Kadeed Badanaa Naftaydani (My Life Is Full Of Tribulations)
–4 Mars Na Daadihi (Guide Us)
–Danan Hargeysa Uur Hooyo (Mother's Womb)
–Sharero Band Qays Iyo Layla (Romeo & Juliet)
–Waaberi Oktoobar Waatee? Waa Taayadii (What's October? It's Ours)
–Danan Hargeysa Mama
–Dur-Dur Band Duruuf Maa Laygu Diidee (Rejected Due To My Circumstance)
–Iftiin Band Anaa Qaylodhaanta
 
  RR: In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia's authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the entire city. Barre targeted Radio Hargeisa to prevent any kind of central communication system that could organize a resistance. With the attack imminent, a few brave radio operators and dedicated vanguards of Somali culture knew the archives, containing over half a century of Somali music had to be preserved. Thousands upon thousands of cassette tapes and master reels were quickly removed from the soon-to-be targeted buildings. They were dispersed to neighboring countries like Djibouti and Ethiopia, and buried deep under the ground to withstand even the most powerful airstrikes. We buried them in the ground so the bomb's won't hit, one former leading journalist with Radio Hargeisa told us. These audio artifacts were excavated and recalled from their foreign shelters only very recently. Some of those recordings are now kept safe in the 10,000-strong cassette tape archive of the Red Sea Foundation, the largest collection of Somali cassettes in the world, in Somaliland's capital, Hargeisa. The Ostinato Records team digitized a large portion of the archive, distilling 15 songs that reveal the panoramic diversity of styles and sophistication of Somali musicianship. Over a millennia of trade in the Indian Ocean invited the cultures of the Arabian Peninsula, Persia, India, Southeast Asia, and even China to slowly work their melodies, scales, and sounds into Somalia's rich musical repertoire. Each track is a keen illustration of a carefully refined, rarely revealed cultural crossroads of the world. The archive offered a living window to the Mogadishu of the 1970s and 1980s, when the coastal capital glistened as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, when wine flowed freely. With its iconic ivory-colored architecture and crescent beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean, Mogadishu was home to the lavish Al Uruba and Jazira sea side hotels, where youthful bands like Iftiin, Sharero, and Dur Dur serenaded cosmopolitan crowds at some of the most elegant nightclubs in East Africa. These damaged cassettes evoked memories of the revered national theater, where Waaberi Band provided unforgettable soundtracks. Mogadishu's nightlife culture was rich and booming. Raucous rhythms, rugged horns, celestial synthesizers, and stalking baselines came alive alongside majestic voices like Mahmud Jerry Hussen and powerful and adored female singers like Faadumo Qaasim, Hibo Nuura, and Sahra Dawo. Somali music of this era is set apart by its empowerment of women. Female singers, often more prolific than their male counterparts, are inseparable from its evolution. Half the compilation is sung by women, their voices often compared in Somali poetry to the sweetness of broken dates. Poetry, intrinsic to the cultural fabric, forms the foundation of Somali songwriting. Somali music's golden age, curiously, occurred under a socialist military dictatorship, which effectively nationalized the music industry. A thriving scene was owned entirely by the state. Music was recorded for and by national radio stations and only disseminated through public broadcasts or live performances. Private labels were virtually non-existent. This music was never made available for mass release. Almost all recorded material came from original masters or homemade recordings of radio broadcasts. As a result, most of it has never been heard outside Somalia and the immediate region. During the Cold War, Somalia drifted between Soviet and American support — and a decade of U.S. backing allowed soul and funk to capture the imagination of Somali youth, adding the final touch on this masterpiece era. This project took our team to Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Djibouti, and across the Somali diaspora in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. For the last year, from Minnesota to Mogadishu to Malaysia, we have tracked down the musicians, songwriters, composers, former government officials, and quirky personalities that colored Somali music life. Their words and stories are revealed in a 15,000-word liner note booklet — the only document of its kind to cover this era of Somali music in depth. Alongside the story of Somalia's music before the civil war, the selection is also focused on the pan-Somali sound. Spread over much of the Horn of Africa, Somali language and culture transcend arbitrary borders. Somali singers from Djibouti were at home in Mogadishu. This compilation seeks to revive the rightful image, history, and identity of the Somali people, detached from war, violence, piracy, and the specter of a persistent threat. These 15 tracks should serve as a necessary starting point.  
      Wish List  
  Price: CHF 33.00   Add to Cart  
  Releases of the same artist  
  V/A - Compiled by Jan Schulte, Tropical Drums Of Deutschland  
V/A - Compiled by Jan Schulte
Tropical Drums Of Deutschland
[Music For Dreams ]
EUR 2xLP  Wish List
CHF 29.00 Restocking!
 
  V/A (Mass Hysteria presents), Chicago Underworld Vol. 2  
V/A (Mass Hysteria presents)
Chicago Underworld Vol. 2
[White]
USA 1xCD  Wish List
CHF 20.00 Add To Cart
 
  Releases of the same label  
  Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour, The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan  
Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour
The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan
[Ostinato]
GBR 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 37.00 Restocking!
 
  Pilon, Rabes  
Pilon
Rabes
[Ostinato]
GBR 7inch  Wish List
CHF 18.00 Add To Cart
 
Adonis
No Way Back
[Get On Down]
Antikkka
Club Goers EP
[Mixworks]
Ben Pirani
Light Of My Life
[Colemine Records]
Bluestaeb
Everything is Always a Process
[Jakarta Records]
Christy Essien
One Understanding
[Afrodisia ]
Chuck Strangers
Consumers Park
[Nature Sounds]
Colored Music
Individual Beauty
[Japanism]
Express Rising
Fixed Rope Vol. 2
[Numero Group / Express Rising Re]
Hugh Mundell
Blackman's Foundation
[Shanachie]
Ijahman Levi
I Am A Levi
[Basic Replay]
Jonny Benavidez & Cold Diamond & Mink
Let's Get Together
[Timmion Records]
Lack Of Afro
Jack Of All Trades
[LOA Records]
Leon Vynehall
Nothing Is Still
[Ninja Tune]
Luke Le Loup
Wolf Juice
[Oro Negro]
Main Flow & Mil Beats
Sounds Of Silence
[Efficienz]
Metro Area
Metro Area
[Environ]
Michal Turtle feat HOVE
Middle of the Road Less Travelled
[Light Of Other Days]
Mike Nyoni & Born Free
My Own Thing
[Now Again]
Mr. Fingers
Cerebral Hemispheres
[Alleviated Records]
Ned Doheny
Think Like A Lover (Mudd's Extended Mix)
[Be With Records]
Potatohead People
Nick & Astro's Guide To The Galaxy
[Bastard Jazz]
Roc Marciano
RR2- The Bitter Dose
[Fat Beats]
Sebb Bash
Imports
[ALC Records]
Spice 1
Spice 1
[Get On Down]
The Nonce
1990
[Family Groove Records]
The Pendletons
Funk Forever
[Bastard Jazz]
Toshio Matsuura Group
LOVEPLAYDANCE: 8 Scenes From The Floor
[Brownswood Recordings]
Umse
Flammenwerfer
[Jakarta Records]
Westside Gunn x Mr.Green
FLYGOD Is Good... All The Time
[Nature Sounds]
Willie Colon
Wanted By The FBI / The Big Break
[Get On Down]
  1. Nu Guinea
Nuova Napoli
 
  2. V Don & Willie The Kid
Blue Notes
 
  3. Icon Curties
Modus Operandi
 
  4. khaderbai
The Khaderbai Beat Diaries
 
  5. Michal Turtle feat HOVE
Middle of the Road Less Travelled
 
  6. Pablo's Eye
Spring Break
 
  7. Roc Marciano
RR2- The Bitter Dose
 
  8. Acayouman
Funky Reggae
 
  9. Crashers
Flight To Jamaica (Cool Runings)
 
  10. Kiki Gyan
24 Hours In A Disco