Monday, January 15, 2018

IFB (compilation 1970s/80s)

Poster for an IFB play in 1985

Isbahaysiga Fannaaniinta Banaadir ("Alliance of Banaadir Artists") was a syncretist theatre troupe for and by the youth, mixing traditional dance and music with modern influences. It's composed of dozens of artists who turned professional in their teen years. They originally came from all parts of the country but were based in Banaadir, i.e. Mogadishu and its neigbourhood. Most of them were also simultaneously multitasking with LMB or other bands.

IFB's plays portrayed straight up a wide spectrum of the youth life in the 70s and 80s. Their main focus was directed towards the day-to-day life as well as cultural and socio-economic issues facing the younger generations, such as coming of age, joys and woes of love, carefree relaxation, adventurous fun, (cultural) education, social volunteering, (un)empolyment, entrepreneurship etc.

Their fascinating artistic career was, alas, cut short by the civil war. Most of the members are now world citizens residing in the four quarters of the globe. Quite a few have unfortunately passed away and this YT playlist (I couldn't embed it or find IFB videos!) shows several of them with their other bands: Ciise Daahir Qaasim (keyboardist on video 1 & 8, see footage below), Shiikh Cabdi (guitarist on 2, 3 & 5), Xaawo Hiiraan (singer on 4), Cantar Naaji and Siciid Cabdalla (respectively drummer and guitarist on 6). A.U.N./R.I.P.

Prolific composer and rearranger Ciise Daahir Qaasim (founder of Bakaaka in the 1970s and Durdur in/around 1980) on keyboard 


All the tracks below and a few more are downloadable here; they're probably bootlegs recorded live by the spectators. Enjoy!

Happy, healthy and peaceful new year to all!

1. Hooyo* ("Mama [A moving and heart-warming tribute to all mothers]")


2. Qiimeen Adaa Mudane ("You Deserve to Be Cherished")


3. Jamaal Badanaa ("Stunning Beauty")


4. Hambalyo ("Congratulations")


5. Ila Joog Iga Joog ("Stay With Me, Stay Away From Me")


6. Sacabka Iga Hooyee ("Accept My Handshake")


7. Sida Kaymaha Roobka ("Like Rain Forests")


8. Hurdo Diid ("Sleepless")


9. Ii Soo Jawaab ("Respond to Me")


10. Waxbarashadaydaan Wataayee ("I'm Persuing My Education")


11. Nal Ka Nuur Badaneey ("You're Brighter Than the Light")



* Condolences to all Somalis, and specially to the families and friends of Khadiija Cabdullaahi “Dalays” and Shamis Abokor "Guduudo Carwo" who passed away yesterday and last month respectively. Both (grand)mamas are highly regarded as prominent pioneers of modern Somali music and they actively participated in the anti-colonial movements in the 1950s. Highest esteem forever!

16 comments:

  1. i hope someone will get these musicians together again and record them in a state of the art studio. those kids were masters, this music is heavenly. i like all the tracks, but for now Qiimeen adaa mudane is stuck in my head. thannks man and the best for 2018.

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  2. Thank you very much for the memories and the tunes.FIB had a song with the title Gal iyo Gammuunkiis but the one in the compilation is by Aweys qamiis after he went solo. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks for the correction, appreciated! The track is not uped in this post and I hope downloaders will take note. Please continue commenting if you notice a mistake.

      Do you have IFB's version or anything of note from that period? If yes, it would be great to share publicly (or privately).

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  3. Hurdo diid is a traditional dance right? And I have a tape titled isbahaysiga but I believe it’s a compilation of songs and not a soundtrack for a play and I believe that I have the play in the poster somewhere.

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    1. What is the point of your comment if you don't include a dl/listen link?! Is the quality of your tapes better than the tracks here? If yes, are you going to share them? And by "better", I don't mean the bizarre "fresher sound" you're talking about in your comment here.

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    1. Comment deleted for poor sound quality and virus in the link!

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    2. What virus? It was a link to a track in my drive. If you don’t want me to share music then there is no need to lie. I am very tired of you I find you very passive aggressive waad dhaqan xuntahay waana kaaga daalay. Xasil iyo edeb yeelo markasta si fiican iyo wannaagsan waan kula hadlaa laakin waxaad jeceshay inaad si xun Ila hadashid. I’m done goodbye.

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    3. Your reaction speaks volumes. Nobody has said that the virus comes from you as there are many possibilities. A simple search would have spared you this unnecessary embarrassment!

      How ironic and self-indulgent that you’re calling me names you embody perfectly! But it’s not surprising; it’s just one of the many cognitive biases/deficits you’ve repeatedly exhibited, the most hilarious being the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

      From now on, your obsessive emails and DMs will be blocked – it’s long overdue. Your comments are already automatically put in the spambox since you’ve deleted many of them. I’ll approve any comment providing it’s relevant to the post and slightly rises above the usual gibberish.

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  5. I reacted surprised 'cause your comments are always very peculiar. Read them (AND the posts) before you publish them, instead of deleting them afterwards!

    As the title of the post clearly indicates, it's not a k7 but a compilation from several of their plays.

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  6. I understand but I wanted to know the name of the plays but no worries I think I’ve figured out most of them now.

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  7. Thank you so much. please who are singing Ila Joog Iga Joog?

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    1. Cabdulqaadir Xuseen ("Buunis") and Jida Shiikh Bashiir ("Koosta").

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  8. thank u very much man. do u know the name of the string instrument on Gallad Waala Gutaayee?

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    1. It sounds like the traditional lyre shareero, possibly electrified or played on another instrument.

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