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Various Artists: Sky Music: Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa

by Richard Gehr on November 03, 2017
A divinely crazed mixture of American soul, Bollywood pastiche, Middle Eastern scales and vaguely Chinese singing flourished in Somalia while the country suffered under Siad Barre’s military dictatorship during the 1970s and 1980s. When Barre started bombing Radio Hargeisa, thousands of cassettes were evacuated, buried and—huzzah!—eventually rescued. You can get a taste of this stunning music on Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa, featuring tracks like the Iftiin Band’s delirious organ blues “Xuduud Ma Leh Xubigaan” (This Love Has No Boundaries) and Nimco Jamaac’s synthtastic “Buuraha U Dheer” (The Highest Mountains).
Authors: Richard Gehr
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Sweet as Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa
Label: Ostinato