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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, WaaberiQadiijo Qalanjo and several other acts.

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“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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Stream Au Revoir, Mogadishu‘s A-Side in its entirety below and purchase the 2-sided cassette tape from Caykh Recordings.

Au Revoir, Mogadishu A-Side Track List

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01 Libaaxyada Maaweeliska Banaadir – Naga Tag, Kac Hooyaa
02 Waaberi – ? (edit)
03 Kooxda Halgan – badbaado guri hooyo
04 Qadiijo Qalanjo – Diriyam Oo Hoo Diriyam
05 Waaberi Hargeysa – Soo dhowoow
06 Wabari Xishood & Jaceyl – ? (edit)
07 Iftin – Wanaagaaga
08 Waaberi – ? (edit)
09 Qadiijo Qalanjo – Dhesessha
10 Dur-Dur Band – Ethiopian Girl
11 Iftin – Axdigii Waad Oofin Weyde

Caykh Recordings and Jakarta Records share a 45-minute Somali disco mixtape showcasing the “golden days of Somali music.”

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

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