Mogadishu Somalia Music
Mogadishu, the white pearl of the Indian Ocean, has been at the center of a sea change since the 1990s that has turned Somalia into a war zone. Somali children sit in the capital as the National Theatre is ravaged by war.
Today, the West Bank is home to a thriving Somali population, and there are several Somali Minnesotans in the U.S. Somali artists in North America , Faarrow is just one of them who have adopted Western pop as their birthright in the face of traditional Somali music. Founded in 1984 by keyboardist Isse Dahir Qassin, it is his doctrine to globalize Somalia's music by combining it with other genres.
The brew is explosive, and when it burst onto the music scene in Mogadishu with its first ever hit single featuring the vocals of Sahra Dawo, it was clear that a new meteorite had hit - and landed in Somalia. A blog post titled "The Mystery of Somali Funk" wrongly attributed the music to a large Somali band called Iftin.
I wanted to learn more about the history of Somali music in Nairobi and its influence on the Somali music scene, so I asked to speak to some Somali musicians who live in and around northern Kenya today. I invited the musicians to talk to me about their experiences in Mogadishu and their thoughts on Somalia's music and music culture. Somali musician and asked me to rent a house in the neighborhood where many of the Somali refugees live in Nairobin. We spoke to him about his experiences and his thoughts on Somalia and Somalia.
Armed with a few Somali dredging files, synchronized cassettes and a little luck, Ben Redjeb made his way to Mogadishu in 2016 and turned it into a port city.
The 15-track mixtape, nominated in the Best Historical Album category, features Somali classics that document the political and economic forces behind the civil war that broke out in 1991. The recordings show music that is guided by political, economic and women's empowerment. Again, these are mostly recordings of this group, but they also contain a wedding song that Ibrahim Aio recites. Somali singer-songwriter Haji Abdirahman and his wife Abdiwaleh, in this batch of recordings, as well as a number of other local artists.
This new genre of Somali music uses a growing number of foreign musical instruments, but unlike old Somali music, the poems of this new genre have a specific melody. American - modern music and Bantu rhythms has awakened them in recent years. These influences have merged to create a Somali sound that is also strongly influenced by music from the Middle East, Africa, South America, Asia and Europe.
The Somali music scene is state-owned, unlike in other countries where cult record companies and producers record the country's sound and make recordings available to the masses. The Somali music industry is thriving, but with very little music being released in what is essentially a nationalised music industry, any trace of the golden age of Somali pop could be wiped out. Somalia is going through what other African countries have been through musically and culturally since the 1980s, "Redjeb says.
Today there are several appealing and prominent new editions, and the versatile Analog Africa Imprint will be released as a compilation at the end of 2019. This includes dance in Mogadishu, making it one of the most important publications in the country's musical history.
As you can guess from the worldwide distribution of Tahriib, YouTube is a huge distribution platform for Somali music.
Maryan has spent her life curating collections that represent the 1950s, when Somalia struggled for independence and when political instability and civil war ravaged the struggling nation. She grew up in a community with some of Somalia's most famous artists and began her professional singing career. Baxsan was with the likes of Halima Khalif and Omar Magool and immersed himself in the world of singers, poets and musicians.
Although officially sanctioned, the music was suppressed during the civil war, and theater music became increasingly popular as efforts to achieve an independent Somalia increased, which also led to it initiating modern Somali music.
A local Somali activist named Abdirizak Bihi said the local radio station played all kinds of music and songs after the deadline set by the Islamists expired. Somali Link Radio is the only English-language Somali show, and there are two other Somali shows on KFAI, one on Sundays and the other one for an hour - a long broadcast on community affairs.