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Various Artists
Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa
Ostinato Records
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August 25, 2017


Unbelievable package here from Ostinato Records, diving deep into the cultural archives of Radio Hargeisa. Learning of an imminent air strike, some of the researchers and journalists at Hargeisa began to bury thousands of cassette tapes underground in order to ensure they survived the attack. This was back in the 1980s. Recently uncovered, these important works from Somalian musicians are given a new life through this fantastic double LP. Listen to ‘Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay’ or ‘Buuraha U Dheer’ and tell us your jaw didn’t drop! Super catchy melodies, playful synth work and wild, emotion filled vocals for days.

  1. 1 Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains) Nimco Jamaac 1:00
  2. 2 Rag waa Nacab iyo Nasteexo (Men are Cruel and Kind) Aamina Camaari 1:00
  3. 3 Unknown Ali Nuur 1:00
  4. 4 Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay (If the Artist Let's You Down) Hibo Nuura 1:00
  5. 5 Ninkaan Ogayn (He Who Does Not Know) [feat. Faduumina Hilowle] Gacaltooyo Band 1:00
  6. 6 Xuduud Ma Leh Xubigaan (This Love Has No Boundaries) [feat. Mahmud Abdalla "Jerry" Hussen & Maryan Naasir] Iftiin Band 1:00
  7. 7 Qaraami (Love) Xasan Diiriye 1:00
  8. 8 Gorof (Elixir) [feat. Sahra Dawo] Dur-Dur Band 1:00
  9. 9 Kadeed Badanaa Naftaydani (My Life is Full of Tribulations) [feat. Xaawo Hiiraan] Sharaf Band 1:00
  10. 10 Na Daadihi (Guide Us) 4 Mars 1:00
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