Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes
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Alongside the story of Somalia’s music before the civil war, the selection is also focused on the pan-Somali sound. Spread over much of the Horn of Africa, Somali language and culture transcend arbitrary borders. Somali singers from Djibouti were at home in Mogadishu. Female singers, often more prolific than their male counterparts, are inseparable from its evolution. Half the compilation is sung by women, their voices often compared in Somali poetry to the sweetness of broken dates. Poetry, intrinsic to the cultural fabric, forms the foundation of Somali songwriting. This compilation seeks to revive the rightful image, history, and identity of the Somali people, detached from war, violence, piracy, and the specter of a persistent threat. These 15 tracks should serve as a necessary starting point.
★★★★ - The Guardian, "A mega mixtape of Somali classics." - BBC, "Sparkles with superior voices, superb musicians and both familiar & refreshingly new sounds." - Wall Street Journal, "This record is a miracle. A legacy of the past that blurs the trauma of the present." - Le Monde, "Perhaps the most beautiful music in the world, finally rediscovered." - Radio Nova Paris, No. 2 on Europe's World Music Charts (October 2017)
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