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Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa

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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 2017)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ostinato Records
  • ASIN: B073MDHRZW
  • Other Editions: Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,872 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Buuraha U Dheer (The Highest Mountains) - Nimco Jamaac
  2. Rag Waa Nacab Iyo Nasteexo (Men Are Cruel & Kind) - Aamina Camaari
  3. Unknown - Ali Nuur
  4. Haddii Hoobalkii Gabay (If the Artist Let's You Down) - Hibo Nuura
  5. Ninkaan Ogayn (He Who Does Not Know) [feat. Faduumina Hilowle] - Gacaltooyo Band
  6. Xuduud Ma Leh Xubigaan (This Love Has No Boundaries) [feat. Mahmud Abdalla 'Jerry' Hussen & Maryan Naasir] - Iftiin Band
  7. Qaraami (Love) - Xasan Diiriye
  8. Gorof (Elixir) [feat. Sahra Dawo] - Dur-Dur Band
  9. Kadeed Badanaa Naftaydani (My Life Is Full of Tribulations) [feat. Xaawo Hiiraan] - Sharaf Band
  10. Na Daadihi (Guide Us) - 4 Mars
  11. Uur Hooyo (Mother's Womb) [feat. Mohamed 'Huro' Abdihashi] - Danan Hargeysa
  12. Qays Iyo Layla (Romeo & Juliet) [feat. Faadumo Qaasim] - Sharero Band
  13. Oktoobar Waatee? Waa Taayadii (What's October? It's Ours) - Waaberi
  14. Mama (Feat. Mohamed 'Huro' Abdihashi) - Danan Hargeysa
  15. Duruuf Maa Laygu Diidee (Rejected Due to My Circumstance) [feat. Muqtar Idi Ramadan] - Dur-Dur Band
  16. Anaa Qaylodhaanta (Feat. Mah Mud Abdalla 'Jerry' Hussen) - Iftiin Band

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2017 collection. 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. 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. 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.


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