Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mixtape? No, Just An Ante-Up Anti-Tape

I can't manage to find the time to compile the mixtape I sort of promised here ages ago and time will be in even much shorter supply in the near future. As an attempt to redeem the 'debt', I share as is a mid-eighties cassette by Libaaxyada Maaweeliska Banaadir (Banaadir Entertainment Lions).

LMB was a popular theater troupe founded in the late 70s/early 80s by a group of veteran artists and fledgeling talents. The project was intended to integrate young and old, tradition and modernity - a sort of Scorsese/Levin's "Godfathers and Sons" avant la lettre... but here with the godmothers, daughters and grandchildren, too. Besides entertainment, LMB's main goal revolved around the preservation and dissemination of the performng arts heritage of Banaadir, the region comprising Mogadishu and its immediate surroundings. In their alas ephemeral existence, they produced about a dozen plays which were highly appreciated nationwide.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Durdur Goes International

Awesome Tapes From Africa (ATFA) is planning to release the Somali band Durdur's Volume 5 on February 5, 2013. ATFA offers the following track from the album:

On this occasion, I'd like to let Durdur speak for themselves by sharing the two tracks below. They come from a 25-year-old tape that fought/survived many battles - hence the scarred sonic quality. But the music is imo good and the main reason why I uploaded them lies in the titles.

Durdur_Degdeg ("Hie Thee")

Durdur_Raaxayso ("Enjoy")

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Monument Has Fallen

I'm deeply saddened by the untimely death of poet Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac "Gaarriye" who passed away yesterday in Norway at the age of 62. My condolences go to his family and friends, as well as to all Somalis for we all have lost an inspiring treasure. Fathomless respect! Alla Ha U Naxariisto! Rest in peace!

A biologist by training, Gaarriye was a highly respected poet. His numerous poems deal with a wide variety of topics - contrasting simple daily life with a complex form of existence beyond/after death, decadent wealth to abject poverty, all-engulfing war to ever-lasting peace, mankind's ugliness to nature's beauty, oppression to resistance, democracy to dictatorship.... and many things in-between.