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Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972 - 1999)

Various Artists

CD
£18.99
Double LP
£25.99

Brand new release on the Analog Africa Label - MOGADISCO - Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972 - 1991) 2xLP in Gatefold - comes with a full color 16 pages booklet containing 50 pictures. The CD comes with a full color 40 pages booklet containing 50 pictures.

After being blown away by a few tunes - probably just as you will be after listening to this - Samy Ben Redjeb travelled to the infamous capital city of Somalia in November of 2016, making Analog Africa the first music label to set foot in Mogadishu.

Mogadisco was not Analog Africa’s easiest project. Tracking down the musicians - often in exile in the diaspora - to interview them and gather anecdotes of golden-era Mogadishu has been an undertaking that took three years. Tales of Dur-Dur Band’s kidnapping, movie soundtracks recorded in the basements of hotels, musicians getting electrocuted on stage, others jumping from one band to another under dramatic circumstances, and soul singers competing against each other, are all stories included in the massive booklet that accompanies the compilation - adorned with no less than 50 pictures from the ‘70s and ‘80s. As Colonel Abshir Hashi Ali, chief don at the Radio Mogadishu archive - someone who once wrestled a bomber wielding an unpinned hand-grenade to the floor - put it: ‘I have dedicated my life to this place. I’m doing this so it can get to the next generation; so that the culture, the heritage and the songs of Somalia don’t disappear.’

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Mogadisco - Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972 - 1999) Various Artists
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  • 1.Daradaa Muxibo (Because of you Muxibo) - Dur-Dur Band 5:20 1991
  • 2.Hab Isii (Hug Me) - Omar Shooli 5:36 (1986)
  • 3.Check Up My Head - Mukhtar Ramadan Iidi 5:51 (1988)
  • 4.Geesiyada Halgamayow (Brave Fighters) - Bakaka Band 5:50 (1984)
  • 5.Waakaa Helaa (I like you) - Fadumo Qassim & Shareero Band 6:22 (1972)
  • 6.Sirmaqabe (No Secrets) - Iftin Band 6:29 (1985)
  • 7.Baayo (Hey Woman) - Mukhtar Ramadan Iidi 5:36 (1986)
  • 8.Hoobeya (Somali traditional chant) - Shimaali & killer 5:12 (1990)
  • 9.Shaleedayaa (By Myself) - Dur-Dur Band 3:44 (1991)
  • 10.Ladaney (Woman's Name) - Dur-Dur Band 5:06 (1991)
  • 11.Gobonimada Jira (Choose Freedom) - Bakaka Band 8:34 (1984)
  • 12.Ii Ooy Aniga (Cry For Me) - Iftin Band 3:37 (1985)

Cat no: AACD089
Label: Analog Africa
Info correct on: 14/10/2019