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Mogadisco : Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972 - 1991)

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2LP : comes with a full colour 16 page booklet containing 50 pictures.

CD : comes with a full colour 40 page booklet containing 50 pictures.

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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. On his arrival in Somalia Samy began rifling through piles of cassettes and listening to reel-to-reel tapes in the dusty archives of Radio Mogadishu, looking for music that
‘swam against the current’. The stars were aligned: an uncovered and unmarked pile of discarded recordings was discovered in a cluttered corner of the building.

The pile turned out to be a cornucopia of different sounds: radio jingles, background music and interludes for radio programmes, television shows and theatre plays. There were also a good number of disco tunes, some had been stripped of their lyrics, the interesting parts had been recorded multiple times then cut, taped together and spliced into a long groovy instrumental loop.

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. 

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