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‘Au Revoir, Mogadishu’: A 1970s-80s Somali Disco Mixtape

Berlin-based cassette label Caykh Recordings and Jakarta Records recently put together the striking Au Revoir, Mogadishu mixtape, a collection of pre-war songs from “the golden days of Somali music.” The 45-minute Somali disco mix runs through a number of selections from the likes of Dur Dur Band, Waaberi, Qadiijo Qalanjo and several other acts.

“This Tape of 70s and 80s Somali sound is a rich blend of traditional Somali folk music infused with Western funk, rock and reggae and a touch of Indian, Arabic and African flavors,” explains Caykh. “There are hardly any proper releases of this soulful sound of guitar, synthesizer and drums. I spent some months finding, compiling and editing rips of TV and live recordings on old VHS tapes and radio broadcasts to cassette tapes and here is what I got. Enjoy! With love from Mogadishu.”

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You didn’t knew it yet, but you really need some Seventies Somalian afro-disco in your life.

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Missiri Mosque in Fréjus, inspired by the Great Mosque of Djenné, built in 1930 to alleviate home sickness for colonial soldiers in French Army.

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Missiri Mosque in Fréjus, inspired by the Great Mosque of Djenné, built in 1930 to alleviate home sickness for colonial soldiers in French Army.

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Riding the tiger.

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unsisypheheureux said: Tu es un fashion hero, tout simplement. Elle est somptueuse cette chemise.

La voici dans toute sa gloire. 

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Thanks to FIP I’m discovering ethiojazz with Éthiopiques. Tèshomé Meteku – Gara ser nèw bétesh. It sounds like Nipponese jazz with strange African energy.

This song is about being young and in love and not grasping the opportunaties you’re given in life.

It’s about a poor boy who falls in love with his best friend, but he’s affraid to tell her because then he might loose her friendship

During wartime they are separated and the boy leaves home to get information of her whereabouts

Years later he finds her married to another man and he wishes he’d had the courage to approach her love back then. 

He also gets married to have peace in his heart, but he knows his feelings for her never leaves him.