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Sweet As Broken Dates – Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa

CD (Item 881481) Ostinato (UK), 1970s — Condition: Used
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A stunning discovery in music – incredible sounds from the under-documented Somali scene – collected together from an archive of tapes that was rescued from a radio station right before the nation's years of political turmoil! The music here was mostly issued on cassette in the 70s and early 80s – and together, these tracks are a revelatory look at sounds that never got the sort of global circulation of other north African styles at the time. Some elements seem to reflect modes of nearby Ethiopian and Yemenite styles, but others are very unique – and there's almost a lyrical quality to some of these numbers that really seems to surpass the boundaries of language – a sense of meaning in the melody that's surprisingly powerful. Instrumentation is a mix of acoustic and electric sources, with relatively heavy use of keyboards and organ – but often with tunings that are more 70s than 80s overall – and definitely free of any too-commercial modes. Sometimes the rhythmic structure almost feels like deep soul – as does the overall soulful presentation of the lyrics – although again, in ways that are quite different from more mainstream efforts of the time. The package is filled with notes – pages and pages that tell this lost history, the efforts of the compilation's producers, and other overlooked narratives – alongside titles that include "Buuraha U Dheer" by Nimco Jamaac, "Ninkaan Ogayn" by Gacaltooyo Band, "Xuduud Ma Leh Xubigaan" by Iftiin Band, "Qaarami" by Xasan Diiriye, "Na Daadihi" by Mars, "Oktoobar Waatee Waa Taayadii" by Waaberi Band, and "Mama" by Danan Hargeysa.  © 1996-2019, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Includes slipcase & booklet.)

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